I really wanted chocolate banana bread. But I didn’t want any of that milk chocolate brown banana bread. No, I wanted that that rich black chocolate color and flavor that you see in Oreos. To get that dark black chocolate color and flavor I used black cocoa powder.Read More
Oh sweet egg cream how you make a stressful day fade away…
If you’ve never had an egg cream, this is what you’re missing: rich, creamy chocolate, bubbly goodness. The origins of the egg cream are a bit mysterious. Some say the egg cream was the original milkshake. Back in the day, they would mix sweet cream, an egg and chocolate then top it off with soda. Kinda sounds like a chocolate soda of sorts. Fear not, as there is no longer raw eggs in the egg cream. The egg cream is now a simple 3 ingredient drink that is sure to please your sweet tooth.Read More
Chicken curry is a dish that can vary widely based on the region of India you are from. This version is a classic Bengali preparation passed down in my family. What this curry is not is the overly rich restaurant style chicken curry. THIS is the chicken curry you go to an Indian grandmother’s house for. It is nothing short of a labor or of love.
Masterfully delicious curries can be made quickly with few ingredients. However, they can also be arduous with many ingredients. This chicken curry is somewhere in between. The key to this curry is the onions and their proper preparation.
Mmmmm… Potato soup. There have been 2 times in my life, to date, where potato soup reached a level of satisfaction that made my taste buds go choir Ahhh* . The first was with Au Bon Pain’s potato creme cheese soup, the second more recent with my late Grandmother-in-law Dawn’s potato soup. The latter is a something so delicious, it had to be shared here today. The soup was prepared by my mother-in-law Vicky, and when I inquired about this family recipe I was expecting to to tackle something complex with secret ingredients. Oddly, the recipe is not complex. The soup has only have 6 ingredients and 6 easy steps! How can it be? Well, sometimes great recipes don’t have to have 20 ingredients or 20 steps. Sometimes simple can be refreshingly delicious. Enjoy!
One of my favorite cuisines is Thai. And Im not talking Phad Thai… I’m talking about dishes like Pad See Ew or Pad Kee Mao… and my all time favorite thai dish Lad Na Gapow also know as Basil Beef. Over the years, I have come to know one thing… no one restaurant makes this the same. My history with this last dish has been a long one. I’ve had many versions of gapow. The best gapow in MHO was at Thai Place in Overland Park, KS. Their preparation of Basil beef is so phenomenal. I would go into a food trance while eating it.
After moving from Kansas to Chicago, I naively thought I could easily find an equivalent Gapow. WRONG! I could never find one that measured up. So I set forth to recreate this myself in order to fill the growing void. Once perfecting it, I cried for for 2 reasons: The first, was knowing I can now have my favorite dish whenever I wanted it…the second, was over why I didn’t try to recreate it earlier. After all, the ingredients and preparation are so simple! ARG!@#$ Well better late than never. Hope you enjoy this even half as much as I obsess over it.Read More