Herb vs Spice Although I sometimes refer to herbs as spices or visa versa, they’re not technically the same thing. Herbs are the leaves or flowers of a plant, where spices are (mostly) the fruit, the seeds, pods, stems, bark, roots and other parts of the plant. Both are used to season food. According to The … Continue reading Herb & Spice Advice
This salad is quick and easy. The ingredients are fresh and cold, and you can tweak it to be vegetarian, make it with shrimp, and pick and choose which veggies you’d like to use. Be sure to chill everything before tossing the ingredients together. Add the dressing separately to each serving so that if there … Continue reading Thai-Inspired Salad
Here are the tools in my kitchen that make Pizza making one of our favorite things to cook in the oven or on the grill! Click the pictures to find similar tools online! Pizza Stone — It ain’t pretty, but this is our pizza stone. This is our second one, as we used our first … Continue reading Tool Day: Making Pizza
A couple of weeks ago I took a Russian cooking class at The Russian House restaurant here in Austin, Texas. I’ve made the dish with my own twists since the class, and I’m sharing it here. Here is the shopping list if you’d like to make it for Maslenita on February 16 — the Russian festival … Continue reading Russian Cooking: Beef Stroganov
On Monday, February 16, 2015 I will publish a full post about making Beef Stroganoff (update…it is here!). That is the day of “Maslenitsa” — a Russian celebration welcoming in Spring. I learned about this festival recently in a cooking class at Austin’s Russian House. But more on that later. If you’d like to make … Continue reading Shopping List: Beef Stroganoff
When you have an almost empty jar of sauce, add a couple tablespoons of water to the jar, replace the lid and shake! Mix the contents with the sauce you’ve already poured out, and hey! You’ve just used every drop of sauce in that jar! Now it is nice and clean for the dishwasher for … Continue reading Kitchen Tip – Leave Nothing Behind!
This can be as easy as pasta with shrimp and pesto sauce, or you can add a few other ingredients and preparation upgrades. Either way this is elementary and really yummy. You might also substitute in chicken or scallops for the shrimp, or for the vegetarian version just use grape tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella! Pasta: … Continue reading Easy Dinner: Shrimp Pesto Pasta