The Accidental Gourmet

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

For the love of Potatoes

Ask any kid, they will tell you without a moment’s hesitation that their favorite vegetable in the world is the potato. Can you blame them? Whether fried crispy, baked soft, boiled in stew or made into pancakes or bread, you simply cannot go wrong with a bag of potatoes (or a box of the flakes if... Sign in to see full entry.

In the mood for simple food

Sometimes all the extras in the world, the gourmet dishes and sauces and accoutrement hold little appeal. I go through days like that. Honestly, I love to cook. Otherwise I would not be able to write on it every day this way. But I have days where I eat or cook almost nothing, sustaining myself on... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 8, 2005

Burgers and fries

Not every meal needs to be fancy and not every simple thing should be plain. The most straightforward meal in the world is a burger and fries. And without making it complicated you can make them special. The Burger itself Burgers do not have to be made with just hamburger, although that is the most... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 7, 2005

A Gift of Peace – Olive Oil

The olive has held a special place in the lore of humanity as a harbinger of peace: Noah received an olive branch from the dove of peace and the American eagle holds an olive branch as a sign of peace. It is no wonder then that the olive and the nectar that is pressed from it have become a beloved... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 6, 2005

A Spot of Tea

Although Diet Pepsi runs through my veins (caffeine – writer’s occupational hazard) now and again I like a nice cup of tea. Hot or cold, simple or adorned, tea is a nice departure from the ordinary. Here are some ideas to wet your appetite. The Proper Way to Make Tea Most teas are made from herbs,... Sign in to see full entry.

Quick Tricks – Just stuff I have figured out

The term accidental gourmet is real. I have learned everything I know about food by trial and error... a whole bunch of error. And to a trained chef, my tricks may seem unrefined, but don’t tell that to Micheal or my babies. So here’s a little accidental wisdom. Mayonnaise The whole “gourmet”... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 4, 2005

“Dinner” for Two – Easy Recipes for Valentine’s Day

No one really eats dinner on Valentine’s Day, do they? Yes, we eat a little, then we romance a little, then we use food to romance a little, then we… you get the picture. And then we eat. So here are a rew ideas for Valentine’s day foods that are quick to make, easy to eat and will reheat well if... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 3, 2005

Going Nuts – Recipes for Peanut Butter

These recipes are for our friend Passionflower. Seems all she had last night in her cupboard was peanut butter. And though a PBJ is easy and everyone knows how to make it there are ways to use it that require little in the way of effort but create big taste and yumminess. PBJ Revisited First off,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Birds of a Feather – Best Chicken Recipes

I know you guys have all been to the grocery store lately. Being a vegetarian is starting to look like a cost saving idea. Hamburger (even the cheap cuts) is nearly three dollars a pound and pork is similarly expensive and Goddess help you if you want fresh seafood. The one meat that has... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 1, 2005

Munchies and snacks

We snack… everyone does it. But who needs plain old store bought snacks when you can make kicked up super snacks. So just in time for the super bowl, here are some super snacks. Popcorn You can give every super snacker his or her own flavor of popcorn for pennies. Pop bags of microwave popcorn and... Sign in to see full entry.

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