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New Cooking Frontier: Steak au Poivre

I love using a Hallmark holiday as an excuse for cooking a fancy meal. And Valentine’s Day certainly fits the bill! So I swung by Penzy’s Spices for some high quality peppercorns and Whole Foods for a couple of fillets to really schmacy it up. (Oh, and I also used this recipe as an excuse… Continue reading New Cooking Frontier: Steak au Poivre

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New Cooking Frontier: Fesenjan

POMEGRANATE, originally uploaded by JOE M500. This week’s cooking experiment wasn’t so bold as trying to cook with something I have never used (or that I have to keep alive) to create a dish that I have never eaten before. But it was my first venture into cooking a Persian dish. (Remember my growing up… Continue reading New Cooking Frontier: Fesenjan

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New Cooking Frontier: Clams

Tonight I decided to try making a Linguini with White Clam Sauce dish from the Joy of Cooking (one of nearly a dozen cookbooks I’ve acquired in the last 5 years). Adventurous for me considering a) I’ve never eaten anything with white clam sauce and b) I’ve never cooked/seen anyone cook clams (except for over a giant fire pit at a clam bake, where I didn’t eat clams).

So… I was surprised when the guy at the seafood counter at Hy-Vee told me that he poked a hole in the bag so the clams wouldn’t suffocate on the way home (they’re still ALIVE??).

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Spicy Dinner

5 Peppers, originally uploaded by lynnbeha. I took a break from shoveling/cleaning/shopping/working to shoot some photos of a few of the ingredients I’m using in dinner tonight. I’ve never made the dish before – Pipali Chicken Madrasa Style from the cookbook Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet, by Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef‘s amazingly gorgeous and multi-talented… Continue reading Spicy Dinner