How I transformed a vegetarian pasta into a meaty dish


Last weekend, I cooked a pasta dish which I hoped would satisfy Sam's vegetarian requirements and Alex's carnivorous diet. I chopped a lot of vegetables, sauteed them in a mixture of butter and olive oil, added herbs, seasoned them well, and then I simmered everything slowly … [Read more...]

Easy grilled cheese pasta topping


One of the most popular posts in my recipe blog is the baked macaroni. With its rich and creamy cheese topping, it's a real crowd pleaser. But cooking baked macaroni is a rather involved process -- something that my daughters will ask me to do but not do themselves as the … [Read more...]

How I reheat meat stews


A lot of people consider stew as a cold weather dish, something substantial and eaten steaming hot to warm the body but, for me, a stew doesn't require cold weather at all. I cook stew whenever I get the craving and, the thicker the sauce and the more colorful the assortment … [Read more...]

What to do with leftover lasagna noodles


Newbie cooks are notoriously fearful of making mistakes in the kitchen. I know I was when I was just starting to learn because my mother was always breathing down my neck about the cost of food and how mistakes often meant waste. Good thing that, with a lot of encouragement … [Read more...]

How to prevent skin from forming on custard


Many liquids, when left undisturbed, form a skin on the surface. This is true with cans of paint, with meat broth, gravies, milk, custards... And that's just a short list. Why a skin forms varies. With meat broth, for instance, the fat rises to the top and, as it cools, it … [Read more...]

“When it coats the back of a spoon”


When making sauces and gravies, one of the standards for measuring the thickness of the liquid is whether it "coats the back of a spoon." The same standard is used when making the custard base for ice cream.What exactly does it mean? When does the liquid coat the back … [Read more...]

What is a fish basket and how is it used?


How a fish basket is used depends on what kind of fish basket one has. There is a floating fish basketfor fishing, and it has hinges and trap doors. I don't fish, I've never used one but I tried to search the web for information on how it is used. What I found was pretty … [Read more...]