Learning Kitchen: Cornbread Failure and Success – BfD pt. 2

The other night, I tried to make cornbread using a pretty basic recipe that I found online, and while the flavor was terrific, the texture and moisture level were pretty dismal. I’ll be using that cornbread for a sausage stuffing tonight(-ish), but I needed to make a new batch that was actually worth serving to […]

Learning Kitchen: Chicken-Apple Sausage from Scratch – BfD

I find myself wanting to explore making food that we’d normally buy at the grocery – sauces, breads, chips, sausages. And since I definitely need to sharpen my knives before I go slicing into beets and yuca for healthier chips, sausage seemed a likely candidate for an easy weeknight meal. I mean, who doesn’t want […]

Taste of Home: Ginataang Manok with Jade Rice

I’ve been craving Filipino food lately, partially because I miss my parents, and partially because I see dishes I ate in my childhood splashed across videos and blogs everywhere. So I decided to branch out at make something I’ve never made before (and don’t remember tasting), because it’s rare that I see this dish amongst […]

Learning Kitchen: Ramen 100% from Scratch

There’s something really satisfying about making food from scratch, more so when the food you’re making is also a restaurant favorite. Magneto says the ramen we’ve been eating in restaurants this whole time pale in comparison to last night’s homemade five-protein ramen explosion – and, aside from my not boiling the soft-boiled eggs long enough, […]

Learning Kitchen: Gnocchi

Magneto and I have a pretty good setup for weekend food; he takes the big Saturday meal, and I take Sunday’s. This weekend, Magneto went out on a limb and made something he’d never made before: gnocchi. After shaping and boiling the gnocchi, he sautéed it in butter with sweet peas, then garnished with fresh […]

Learning Kitchen: The Full English Sunday Roast

There are weekends that require sleep, and there are weekends that require a day spent cooking. This weekend absolutely required serious kitchen time, so what better way to occupy myself than cooking a proper Sunday roast? The Brits have a very old tradition of having a rather large meal Sunday evening – some say it […]

Chef’s Secrets: Al Pastor

This weekend, Magneto was motivated to try making al pastor at home. We’re such big fans of this style of meat, and using a method for oven-baking seemed doable. It was more than doable, it was delicious! He stacked the marinated meat on a skewer, with the top and bottom bookended by pineapple slices. Then […]

Learning Kitchen: No-Knead Bread

My uncle found a recipe for no-knead bread the other day, so of course it behooved me to give it a whirl. Since the rise time was so loose – 8-24 hours – I inferred that the dough was quite forgiving and decided to try out different rise times to see what the optimal rise […]

As Seen on Facebook: Pupusas

Weekends are cheat days, but I wanted to go vegetarian and gluten-free anyway for my Sunday experiment. Magneto and I have often marveled at pupusas from Ruby’s in North Hollywood, crisp on the outside and stuffed with delicious fillings. After watching a video on Facebook about making them, I figured I’d give it a try. […]

Learning Kitchen: Crack Wings (Baked!)

The comfort food bug has bitten us, now that nights are cooler and work is ramping up, and all we want is to dive face-first into super yummy goodness. But we’re still adhering to the rules of our new eating habits: no food with preservatives, no store-bought bread, as much as possible is to be […]