Homemade Sausage

Sausage making is a long tradition that goes back to the dawn of civilization as method of preserving meat. Virtually every civilization on our planet has at least some type of sausage to their credit. It’s one of my all time favorite activities in the kitchen. I chose my Cajun sausage recipe for this tutorial…

Super Tonic

I have been making this tonic for many years and it’s very potent!  All the anti-inflammatory ingredients do a great job of relieving cold symptoms and seasonal allergies. We keep a supply of it on the kitchen counter at home.  We don’t get sick very often, but when cold season comes around, it comes in…

Homemade Limoncello

Limoncello is the most popular liqueur in all of Italy and is increasingly popular here in the US.  But I’ve never had limoncello as delicious as homemade, where crafty individuals can manipulate the basic recipe to their own taste. The concept of making limoncello is very simple and takes literally no skill: remove the zest,…

Cajun Chicken & Sausage Gumbo

Gumbo is the quintessential Louisiana dish.  When a Cajun makes a gumbo, it’s always chicken & sausage.  The sausage can be spicy or not.  It’s usually smoked, but that’s optional, too.  The only important thing is the sausage should be a local brand.  The national brands tend to be vapid and a texture more like…

Chiles Rellenos

Relleno means “stuffed”. Chiles rellenos /chee-lays ray-yay-nos/ are stuffed poblano chiles. Most of us have had them in Tex Mex restaurants, stuffed with cheese or ground beef, and covered in sauce. I serve these, stuffed with mashed potatoes, over hanger steak rubbed in a delicious chile-coffee rub and molé roja, as shown in the video. I…

Mujadarra

I know of no other meatless dish that can satisfy a meat eater’s appetite quite like Mujadarra. I love beans.  And lentils are of my top two favorite beans.  I rank navy beans (the ones used in Baked Beans or Pork & Beans) and lentils as my two favorites.  Lentils win only because they pack…

Water Kefir Ginger Tonic

I have been enjoying fermented foods for several years now.  For folks who may not understand the value of fermented foods, here’s the simplicity of it.  Fermenting is an ancient way of preserving foods in a way that maintains all of their original nutrients.  Fermenting also enhances the nutritional value of food by making it…

Versatile Meat Marinade

The original purpose of marinating was to add flavor to an otherwise flavorless meat.  My favorite flavor enhancers, especially for grilling, are onions and lemons.  My first experience with these two was when following a recipe for grilling lamb.  Around the Middle East lemon, olive oil and onion (or onion juice) is used to give…