Making Baby Gruel

During our more recent doctor visit (6 month checkup) we got the green light to start trying real foods with Allie. Way told to start with veggies, then fruits, and finally meats. Orange veggies were recommended first.  The recommendation was also to only try one food at a time for a few days before moving…

Sweet Potato and Golden Beet Cakes

I love a good potato cake.  They are crispy, savory, a bit salty, and can stand alone or make a great side dish.  I am always on the lookout for how to improve on potato cakes, or take them for a spin.  A few weeks ago I used some leftover mashed potatoes to make some…

Sharpening Versus Honing

Been a while since I wrote anything.  I have around four articles in the queue, just need to get them through the finish line.  The hardest thing about blogging on food, remembering to take photos.  That and paying attention to measurements.  For a diligent engineer, I cook with little regard to strict recipes and measurements.  Anyways,…

Why You Should Brine

A few years ago I began brining poultry. Started with the wet brine and have recently been working in dry brine.  My first brine experience was with a turkey.  Haven’t looked back since.  If you haven’t tried brining before, I encourage you to give it a shot.  If my word is not enough to sway you…

Chicken Skin

Slightly random topic here, but who likes chicken skin?  Seriously.  Based on a recent poll of friends and coworkers, maybe only 2 or 3 in every 5 people like it.  If we are talking women, that number drops to maybe 1 out of 5 (was told more than once that eating skin or off the…

Cast Iron Chicken Pot Pie

Sometimes you just want a comfort food meal.  Something ridiculously savory and not at all good for you. I had that craving tonight and decided to try and make pot pie. This is not only my first time making it, but it’s the only time I recall having a pot pie that was homemade. Since…

Smoked Chicken Chowder and Biscuits

Since time during the week is at a premium between work, school, and Allie duty, I try and batch cook as much as I can.  Last weekend was a smoker filled weekend.  Ribs, chicken, and pulled pork.  This weekend the smoker is still in play, but supplementing with other menu choices.  One of them being…