Almost two months since my last blog post. What have I been doing this Summer? Slacking off? Cooking nothing? Living off rice and beans? Not exactly. My little garden has taken some of my time. Who would have thought 200 sqft could be so much work? But Luigi and I have also been cooking up a little something of our own. A little something that has zapped most my energy this Summer and had me spending more time on the couch than in the kitchen.
With spring comes thoughts of planting a garden, eating outdoors, planning summer menus, and lighter and healthier eating. This past week I made a trip to the new co-op in Reno to see what kind of early spring produce is growing locally. The Great Basin Community Food Co-op just moved from a 600sqft house, to a 7000sqft building in downtown Reno. The new location is beautiful and offers a ton of local produce and products. It can be difficult at times to find locally grown produce in Reno since the growing season is short and the ground is so hard (at 4500 feet, Reno is considered high desert). The co-op though did not disappoint, and was brimming with early spring crops. Continue reading
Ever since I saw Michael Chiarello on the Food Network boasting about the deliciousness of Model Bakery’s homemade english muffin, I knew I had to get my hands on one. I had heard of Model Bakery (in St. Helena in the Napa Valley), but hadn’t yet found the time to visit. I think the reason is because they are located in the northern part of the valley and I was always easily sidetracked by Bouchon Bakery, Dean & Deluca, and the many wineries along the way. A couple of years ago though, they opened a second store in the town of Napa in the new Oxbow Public Market. It was here, in their new southern location, that I finally got my hands on one of their muffins. It was everything Michael Chiarello said it would be: fluffy, buttery, airy, and light. The only problem? I live 200 miles from Napa. The only way I can enjoy a fresh, hot english muffin whenever I have a craving is if I make it myself. Continue reading
This past week I was in the mood to make something new. A lot of the time I find myself in a rut making the same things over and over. Often this is unavoidable because at work I have no control over what people order. At home though I like to be creative when I find the time and mix it up. On Sunday I had a couple of hours I could spend in my own kitchen, so I decided to experiment with Italian-Indian fusion. Continue reading
Most people probably use St. Patty’s day as an excuse to drink copious amounts of beer (most likely green in color); I use it as an excuse to bake copious amounts of bread. Actually this is the first time I have made Irish Soda Bread, and I am a fan. There is no yeast involved, and it only takes an hour to have hot, crusty, delicious bread in your hand. The recipe is so simple, I already have it memorized. Continue reading