Sous Vide Char Siu —

Confession No. 138 — When the dentist has stinky breath, just walk away (Recipe: Sous Vide Char Siu)

Her halitosis should’ve been a dead giveaway. So too should I have been curious as she continued to brag about her skills while aimlessly poking away. My dentist was a bona fide dilettante. ‘Yep, just as I thought,’ she said, still exhaling her noxious breath in my oxygen space. ‘You have six cavities.’ ‘Six? Seriously?’ […]

TRUC DÜ-ˈZHƏR

NaCl in a nutshell

Wars have been fought over it; it’s been used as currency; and it makes our eggs taste better. But salt also toughens bean skins, and breaks down egg whites when added at the beginning of cooking. Sodium chloride also pulls moisture from raw vegetables, which is great for eggplant, but not so good for mushrooms. Salt soups and stews near the end of cooking as well. Why? Because they reduce as they cook, enhancing any salt that might already be in there. Added too much salt? There might be a fix. Add additional liquid, or peel and quarter a potato, add a chunk or two and simmer with the soup. Discard the salty potato. (7/12)

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Sous Vide Char Siu —

Confession No. 138 — When the dentist has stinky breath, just walk away (Recipe: Sous Vide Char Siu)

Her halitosis should’ve been a dead giveaway. So too should I have been curious as she continued to brag about her skills while aimlessly poking away. My dentist was a bona fide dilettante. ‘Yep, just as I thought,’ she said, still exhaling her noxious breath in my oxygen space. ‘You have six cavities.’ ‘Six? Seriously?’ […]

Crispy Salsa Chicken — Roasted crispy outside. Melty inside.

The RV Chronicles — Cooking under vacuum in the smallest of spaces (Recipe: Crispy Salsa Chicken)

If you happen upon this brief story and you aren’t among my 17 loyal followers, just know that I’ve spent my life in an RV for the past 18 months. My challenge — other than taking a shower, sleeping and finding some ‘me’ space — has been cooking such as I did in my gourmet […]

Slow Cooker Osso Buco —

The RV Chronicles — A 2016 letter to Santa from the ‘Jimmy Rockford’ (Recipe: Slow Cooker Osso Buco)

Dear Santa – As you check out your list in the next week, you’ll see that I’ve been (mostly) nice this year.  I know, this puts you in an odd predicament. Relax, because I already have everything I’ve wished for. Our 2016 has been healthy and happy. Catherine began her new career as a teacher; […]

Amish Potato Filling —

The RV Chronicles — Sort of celebrating Thanksgiving (Recipe: Amish Potato Filling)

It’s no secret among the folks in my tight circle that I’m not a huge Thanksgiving fan. Sure, I’m thankful for all that is good. And I enjoy being in the company of (some) family. But … turkey? Yeah… You’re more than welcome to eat my portion. And green bean casserole? Oh, my. Leave it […]