Posts contained in the “Cooking” category:

…in matters vegetable, animal, and mineral…

During (and since) my recent aluminium incarceration, I’ve thought a lot about food. That is partly because while I was working insane hours, I craved the kinds of foods that I didn’t have time to prepare. In fact, while I was working there, I became a microwavarian, because I didn’t eat anything that didn’t come …read more…

Caramelized Onions

It’s always a good thing to have a supply of caramelized onions on hand. They go with just about everything, or on everything. Nutritious, tasty, easy to make—the only problem is that they do take a while. Ingredients 2 pounds onions, peeled, and sliced or chopped 1 tablespoon butter 1 tablespoon oil 1 tablespoon balsamic …read more…

Lime Fluff Pie

A long time ago, in an internet far, far away, I printed out a recipe for “Lime Fluff Pie.” I ran across it the other day and realized why I printed it out: it has lime, it has fluff, and it’s a desert. Alas, I forgot where I got it from, but a quick search …read more…

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes, fresh out of the oven. (Please don't eat the bay leaves!)

With just a few simple ingredients, this is a filling, hearty side dish perfect for a holiday meal (it does take some time). Adding leftover ham or corned beef can turn this into a satisfying main dish. The real secret to this dish is taking your time with the béchamel sauce, so that the bay …read more…

Chili

This is my favorite recipe for chili. It’s not authentic—Texans would take real issue with this recipe—but it is delicious 1 pound ground beef 1 medium onion, chopped 1 teaspoon cumin seed, crushed and ground (in a mortar and pestle) 3 tablespoons chili powder 3 cloves garlic, minced (I add more) 1 15.5-oz can black …read more…

Really Simple Curry Paste

I have always been intrigued by those jars of colorful curry pastes I have seen in the store, but have always been turned off by the price. So I decided to try making my own curry paste.There are lots of recipes for curry paste on the internet, but they are all pretty complicated, and seem …read more…