Allan continues breaking down the pumpkin spices. Last week, the feature was cinnamon. This week the feature is ginger. Allan decided to highlight the slightly bitter and spicy flavor of a simple ginger chicken served over a simple turmeric rice with fresh diced tomato. Everyone was delighted and ready for some hot food and theContinue reading “The Food Dude: 9.12.2023: Ginger Chicken over Turmeric Rice”
Since it is pumpkin spice season, Allan decided to unravel the mess around the pumpkin spice frenzy. Today, he has chosen to highlight cinnamon. Using a semi-sweet apple cider muffin as his base, he elevated cinnamon to the strongest flavor and added a pinch of cinnamon sugar to the caps just for effect. The gatheredContinue reading “The Food Dude: 9.14.2023: Apple Cider Cinnamon Muffins”
Allan is sharing the bounty of his garden and right now he has several colors of bell peppers ripening. The gang gets treated to a yellow rice made with red, yellow, blonde, and purple bell peppers served in a tortilla boat just to make it finger friendly.
Allan takes in the challenge of how to make brownies that are less messy and portable for tail-gating and other events. The results are tidy and delicious.
Allan took up the challenge from last week’s conversation in which Tim asked about Bundt cakes. This week, the morning breakfast gang was treated to buttered angel food Bundt cakes and, just to satisfy Tim’s curiosity, Allan flipped his pans over and made a few Bundt holes just to prove it could be done.
Allan treats the crew to a Western-style red beans and rice. Allan replaced half of the cayenne pepper with chili powder and added about a cup of chopped fresh cherry tomatoes and a couple of green onions. The gang enjoyed the twist on the classic and somehow the conversation winds up on Bundt cakes.
In honor of a lot a TV shows about sharks this week, Allan brought in Caribbean boats for everyone. The boat starts out with a soft tortilla bowl. Layer number 1 was browned ground beef flavored with jerk seasoning (1 tblsp to 1 lb of ground beef). Layer two was a dash of salsa. LayerContinue reading “The Food Dude: 7.27.2023: A Caribbean Boat”
Allan takes a chance and brings in steamed baby carrots. The crew is pleasantly surprized when they discover that the carrots are being served al dente, hot, and with a red wine glaze. Proof that the sauce can indeed make the meal shift from mundane to amazing. The glaze was a simple combination of 1/4Continue reading “The Food Dude: 7.13.2023: Baby Carrots w/ Red Wine Glaze”
Allan goes with the cold refreshing Caprese salad this time. Three types of tomatoes, five types of cheese, fresh sweet basil, and a dash of balsamic vinegar create a healthy and tasty Summer treat. This morning’s breakfast bunch all agreed that Allan should have made more.
Since it is Summer, I was looking for a light and cool dessert. A friend had been complaining that all the desserts she had tasted lately were all of the baked variety that were too sweet with frostings or glazes and the breaking was too dry. Since I have been cooking with eggs quite aContinue reading “Baked Custard”