Ginger Squash Apple/Pear Soup

Ginger Squash Apple/Pear Soup

I had the privilege to meet herbalist/botanist lecturer Rachel McLeod at her Kiln Farm in Pushlinch County when in my career was just starting to understand the proper use of herbs and spices. I was introduced to Rachel McLeod at her garden and we became good friends. I spend many hours gathering information with hands on instructions on the herbs properties and medicinal purposes. Rachel extensively grew an expansive Victorian Herb Garden that contained a significant amount of native and traditional native herbs and plants. She gave personal guided tours of this large...
Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Back sometime ago I first came into contact with traditional Italian food made by a well trained Mediterranean cuisine chef Luigi Viola. Luigi was in his sixties and he had this little Italian bistro that he and his family ran. He sure had his way with Italian food and gave a great many city folk their first taste of real pizza and calzones along with veal parmesan and home style meatballs and spaghetti. Some Italian chefs I was later tutored by like Umberto Mengi and Valentina Harris would use ground veal and make these fluffy little meatballs that they would infuse...
Stressed Backward is Desserts

Stressed Backward is Desserts

Desserts are the proper finish to any good meal. My mom always would say it’s the best part of the meal.
Knotty Pine Ham, Onion and Cheesy Quiche

Knotty Pine Ham, Onion and Cheesy Quiche

Some of you may remember having a slice of the Knotty Pine Quiche. It was very popular and made a great meal. I love a slice of a good egg pie served with a tasty side salad. Here is that simple recipe using the pillsbury store bought pie pastry found in the grocery cooler. In a bowl crack; 4 large eggs, 1 cup 10% cream, 1/4 cup flour, 1 tbs baking powder, salt pepper, mix well. 1 cup of cubed cold ham, 1 cup of chopped green onion, 1 cup of aged grated swiss and cheddar che…ese. Follow the direction on the pastry box, Heat oven to 400. Flour a deep dish cake pan or...
Slow Roasted Kahlua BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Slow Roasted Kahlua BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Slow Roast Kahlua BBQ Beef Short Ribs. At one time these small joints of beef bones were cheap and used mostly for making stock or roasted brown sauce. Now they have become extremely expensive and have become a prime short rib menu item. Braised or slow crock pot done they are hard to make a bad meal with. Most restaurants just chop up an deep fry them like chicken wings or pork rib bites. thekitchenman likes to brine the small portions in bourbon, scotch or rum to break down the tissue and the sugars when BBQed low and slow for several hours. The choice is yours to which...