|January 9, 2012||Posted by Cheeks under Appetizers, Main Course, Recipe|
Pickled jalapeno rings, the most important part of sports arena and movie theater nachos everywhere. Hell, all nachos, really, provided they aren’t too spicy. Like the one mexican pizza I once ate whose 100000 jalapeno rings were so spicy I still couldn’t eat it after picking them all off.
That’s the thing about jalapenos, though — you never really know how hot they will be. And when I have a whole crisper jar full of them (generous thanks to FIL’s chile-filled garden), you need to think creatively to use them all up. Sure, bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos are the first thing that comes to mind. And a batch of Jalapeno-Cheddar Corn Muffins was delicious alongside White Chicken Chili. But what else? (more…)
|December 14, 2011||Freezer food, Make-ahead, MEAT|
View the original post here… Just wanted to give you photographic evidence of the awesomeness of this chili. Which, I will have readers note, I originally published a year ago. Then, a few weeks ago, I got a newsletter from America’s Test Kitchen promoting their great technique for making a thick, unctuous (great word) white chili…and…
|November 21, 2011||Breadmaking, Breakfast, Make-ahead|
Back when it was still summer, and we still were struggling with what to do with copious zucchini (not to mention the over-ripe bananas I always seem to have lying around) I came up with this recipe for Banana-Zucchini Muffins. Alas, it is not summer anymore. Where did the time go? Oh, yes, that’s…
|November 9, 2011||Main Course, Make-ahead, Side Dishes, Vegetarian|
It’s that time of year again – the late summer zucchini season! (Or, it was when I wrote this. A long honeymoon, long work trip, some of life’s punches to the face, and the general malaise that accompanies the seasonal transition into winter have seriously depleted my blogging energy. But, I shall return triumphantly! Until…
|October 10, 2011||Grilling, Main Course, Make-ahead, MEAT, Recipe|
Hello again, Internet friends! It has been a long time…. You see, I went and got hitched last summer, and we decided to “save” (and save up for) our honeymoon for a year and to take that special vacation as a one-year anniversary celebration, and to go all-out somewhere really special. Having just returned from…
|September 6, 2011||Posted by Cheeks under Recipe, Salads, Side Dishes|
Here’s a quick salad to toss together in those late summer days when the produce is bountiful, the vegetables crisp, the sun sinking lower into the sky, and the thought of turning on the stove is less of an abomination. Because you need the stove, if only ever so breifly. But, trust me, it’s worth it.
|August 29, 2011||Posted by Cheeks under Appetizers, Drinks, Holidays, Main Course, MEAT|
This past weekend was A and my first anniversary as marrieds. But it was also the sixth anniversary of our first date, and well past the seventh anniversary of our first meeting each other.
Yes, we got all googly-eyed and professed our undying love for each other…..or not. We’re not really that kind of kids.
Instead, we had a nice quiet dinner at Leopold, a newish Belgian restaurant in our ‘hood, which is oh-so-appropriate seeing as we got engaged in Belgium almost two years ago. It’s focused on small, sharable plates and more adventurous cuts and preparations of meat - veal sweetbreads, rabbit rillettes, steak tartare, merguez poutine, escargot. Some may say, eh, I say, ooooohhhhmmmmmmmm. (more…)
|August 25, 2011||Posted by Cheeks under Grilling, Main Course, MEAT, Recipe|
With August sunsetting and summer drawing to a close, this time of year can be bittersweet. The light, the warmth, the long lazy days are numbered and limited now, instead of seeming an endless stretch into the future. But, oh, the light! The yellow, magical late summer sun! The lush greenery and brimming gardens! Late summer is the best part of summer, in my eyes, and perhaps more so because it is fleeting. And once it goes, the crisp, smokey, red days of Autumn are following right behind them. Perfect.
Either I read some metaphysical poetry this morning, or I’ve gone all sappy-eyed on you. Regardless, I still have an appetite – and boy does this Steakhouse Flank Steak satisfy it.
|August 23, 2011||Posted by Cheeks under Main Course, Recipe|
A quick weekday dinner Mommie sent me. She tore it out of a magazine – Midwest Living, perhaps? – and said she and Daddy-O had really liked it.
So, of course, because mom knows best and mom’s cooking trumps all, I rushed to make it as soon as … I could eat pasta again. Stupid south beach whole grains limited sugar diet….
|August 18, 2011||Posted by Cheeks under Recipe, Salads|
AKA, Five Bean Salad; Marinated Bean Salad; or, for those into the whole brevity thing, Bean Salad.
It’s a straightforward salad of vinegary, tangy beans, briney olives and sharp onion that combine into a fresh & refreshing, protein-packed and low-fat side dish worthy of any barbecue around. Its tartness is the perfect counterpoint to rich, fatty grilled meats and sausages. There are versions of it sitting in every deli case across middle America. But, please, homemade is always best – and likely cheapest and healthiest too. (more…)