Showing posts from February, 2014

One Quick Tip:
My Most-Used Kitchen Tool,
a Garbage Bowl or Compost Bowl

The one kitchen tool I use every single day, a Rachael Ray-style "garbage bowl" and "compost bowl". This is the latest in an occasional series of posts I'm going to call "One Quick Tip" ... because, well, each one will include a single quick tip, quick to absorb, easy to adopt, memorable to use. Thanks to everyone who sent in tips last month, I'm busy incorporating them into my own kitchen, you are so creative! Isn't it the little things we do that some times make all the difference? Thank you!Do you have One Quick Tip you'd like to share? Leave a comment or send me a quick e-mail via This week, I'd love to hear how you deal with a kitchen's "mess" – y'know, garbage, food scraps, recycling, used cans and bottles, etc. Old or new idea, big or small idea, I'd love to know how you run your kitchen! "A good artist copies, a great artist steals." Whether Pablo Picasso ever said th…

Spinach Salad with Fruity Vinaigrette,
Fresh Fruit & Maple-Glazed Pecans

The Recipe: A big dinner salad, fresh and green with a rainbow of fruit and g-o-r-g-e-o-u-s Maple-Glazed Pecans, all lightly dressed in a Fruity Vinaigrette. It works for one or two but scales for feeding a crowd. The Conversation: How to construct a late-winter salad in the Midwest. Mine is a northern soul but come February, I pixel-peer with envy into the eden-esque citrus gardens of California and Florida. Grapefruit, tangerines and oranges, oh! the oranges. And lemons. The wonder of those trees, such abundance, fruiting with such abandon.Not here, though, not here in the Midwest.Constructing a late-winter fruit salad here in the Midwest is tricky. I love our dear family companion Olga's Winter Fruit Salad that uses frozen fruit: it's a godsend but also more of a dessert fruit salad, a light end to a special meal. And there's a winter-fruit version of Mexican Fruit Salad, easily sourced tangerines, apples, pears, bananas and pomegranate with savory spices.Here though, I…

Homemade Chocolate Sauce In-a-Flash

Just ten minutes and a few pantry ingredients, you've got chocolate sauce! Okay, people. I’m gonna make this quick because you’ve got Chocolate Sauce to make and I.Mean.Now.And I don’t want the time it takes to read these few words to exceed the time it will take to actually make the stuff. So go. Check if you must but odds are high, the ingredients are in your pantry.Although on second thought, first find someone to send on an ice cream run because by the time this dark, dreamy stuff is ready, the only way to hold yourself back will be to drizzle it over ice cream.Otherwise, you know this drill, right? it would be invert squeeze bottle, straight into a spoon. (Cuz polite women don’t sweat and wouldn’t ever, I mean e-v-e-r, pour this straight between our, um, dare I say it? open lips.)So git. I mean it, go. Last spring, I made four quart jars of chocolate sauce for a gourmet group. What an assignment! But oh-my, did I ever learn the in’s and out’s of chocolate sauce. There’s no suc…