Monthly Archives: March 2011

Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto

Risotto is a relatively easy to make and flexible to cook with dish.  It can serve as a platform for nearly anything you can dream up.  It had been a while since we’d cooked any, so we decided to stay … Continue reading

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The Mint Julep

There was a singularly overwhelming reason we planted the mint I talked about yesterday:  Bourbon.  Both The Rocket Scientist and I love bourbon.  It’s definitely her dark spirit of choice.  Whether I like bourbon better than a single malt (Islay, … Continue reading

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The Herb Plot

Living in central Florida has many benefits, the primary for me being the weather.  That weather has given us the opportunity to grow a number of our own fresh herbs for use in our cooking.  It started with a little … Continue reading

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The Value of Getting it Wrong

There’s an old sawhorse that we learn more from our mistakes than our successes, but there’s a reason it’s often-repeated:  it’s true.  When things don’t come together just right, you learn how to do them better in the future.  For … Continue reading

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California Grillin’

We’ve developed a mini-tradition of heading over to Disney World for our anniversary, staying at one of the resorts, and eating at one of the signature restaurants.  This year was no different.  We booked a room at the Contemporary (the … Continue reading

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Mailer Madness

We have a modest annual budget for wine.   We’ve done okay for ourselves considering our lower-middle class roots, but it’s not like we’re high rollers or anything, which is probably why we have to have a budget in the first … Continue reading

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Penne Alla Vodka

It’s my intention for this blog to be more than just an exercise in techno-narcissism.  You’re probably not going to hear “totally stoked for PBJ’s for lunch!” or anything (my love of peanut butter notwithstanding).  I simply figure that we’re … Continue reading

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Fennel, Leek, and Celery Root Gratinee

We were lucky enough this week to be visited by renowned metalsmiths/jewelers Wayne Werner and Barbara Bayne, who were on their way to the 2011Winter Park Art Festival, just outside of Orlando.  It also happens that Wayne is The Rocket … Continue reading

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Potato Cheese Soup with Turkey Sausage

As I’ve previously mentioned, our Monday night gamers are big guys with hearty appetites.  They appreciate good food, but they’re not particularly demanding of complexity.  We’ve previously made this soup for them, and every time I mention it, they all … Continue reading

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Roasted Asparagus and Pepper Salad with Dijon Dressing

I know that asparagus is a relatively popular vegetable.  It makes a great, simple side dish with nearly any meat, either roasted or steamed.  I like it so much that I want to branch out into doing more asparagus in … Continue reading

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