Chicken Satay

Easily the most delicious appetizer of Thai cuisine, so much so, I’d rather eat chicken satay as a main course. It’s fun, it’s vibrant, and it’s a great communal dish to enjoy with friends and family. Then again, anything served on a stick is just better. Chicken satay is one of those dishes with a … Continue reading Chicken Satay

We All Scream for Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's vs Häagen Dazs Not only is today the Chinese New Year; the year of the goat (my sign!), but it's also National Chocolate Mint Day, and what better way to ring in the new year than with my favorite ice cream flavor: Mint Chocolate Chunk. There isn't many flavors I don't like … Continue reading We All Scream for Ice Cream

Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan

Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan Every so often I get a real hankering for a dish that is warm, spicy and creamy. In such a time I usually turn my attention to Indian food. When it comes to Indian food, tikka masala is on top of my list. For such a craving, it ticks … Continue reading Chicken Tikka Masala and Firestone Naan

Chow-Down Chowder

 Seafood Chowder Chowder is a dish seldom found outside North America. The anatomy of a chowder can be briefly described as a thick creamy soup, typically with clams or other fish. Most common of all chowders is the New England Clam Chowder. Then you've got Manhattan Clam Chowder which is made with tomatoes, and there's … Continue reading Chow-Down Chowder

Cracker Jack Clone

Caramel Corn & Peanuts It's always nice to surprise people with delicious foods they've never had before. This weekend was a first for my wife and her parents. They had never tasted caramel popcorn and peanuts. Here in Norway, there's no shortage of caramel covered foods, i.e. candy-coated almonds are my favorite. However, caramel popcorn … Continue reading Cracker Jack Clone

National Cherry Pie Day

Cherry Pie If my memory serves me correctly, the year was 1988 and a twelve year old girl requested her favorite dessert for her birthday. That beloved dessert was cherry pie. And that young girl was my big sister. Not only did she wish for that pie over a traditional birthday cake, she wished that … Continue reading National Cherry Pie Day

Blue Burger with a Parmesan Oregano Bun

If anybody remembers my grilled blue cheese pizza, then this burger may sound familiar. I've had such rave reviews of the pizza that I thought I would adapt those pizza toppings to a burger. And I gotta say, I think the burger is better. Quite simply, I took a 100% all-beef patty, seasoned with veal … Continue reading Blue Burger with a Parmesan Oregano Bun

Ménage à Trois for Dessert

Coffee & Cognac Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Meringue Buttercream Frosting Who doesn't love a good chocolate cake? I suppose "good", being the operative word here, depends on many factors. How sweet, how rich, how moist or dry, how much frosting in proportion to cake, and the list goes on. Let me rephrase the question -- … Continue reading Ménage à Trois for Dessert

Heating Up the Grill

BBQ Pizza Though the concept is not new to me, the practice of grilling pizza is relatively new. I suppose since I have only had a BBQ for just under a year, I was bound to get around to it eventually. In my last pizza post I focused more on the restaurant styles of typical … Continue reading Heating Up the Grill

Frühlingsfest

German Bratwurst & Instant Sauerkraut Frühlingsfestival is the little sister of Oktoberfest that runs from April 17 to May 3, 2015 in Munich, Germany. And since the season of grilling is upon us, I thought I'd work on my sausage making skills to get in shape for the main event this September. To make your … Continue reading Frühlingsfest