Tuesday, October 30, 2007

A Love Affair to Remember

Sage and Pork are in a torrid love affair. When I cook pork, I mainly use rubbing sage as the meat rub. It adds a flavor that can't go wrong.

And another lover of sage is cornbread. Add a touch of sage to the mix... and a teaspoon of sugar for a more sweeter tasting cornbread.

Monday, October 22, 2007


Curry is a spice I like to use sparinly in some dishes. The powder form I use is very mild and gives a little thrill to boring dishes like scrambled eggs/omelets, lentils and shrimp. I've added it to chicken as well.

In the next few posts, I will add a few of my own sweet recipes that include curry.

Tater Jokes

Why did the potato cross the road?
He saw a fork up ahead.

How do you describe an angry potato?
Boiling Mad.

Why didn't the mother potato want her daughter to marry the famous newscaster?
Because he was a commontater.

Why wouldn't the reporter leave the mashed potatoes alone?
He desperately wanted a scoop.

What do you say to an angry 300-pound baked potato?
Anything, just butter him up.

What does a British potato say when it thinks something is wonderful?
It's mashing!

What do you call a baby potato?
A small fry!

Lemon Joke

A woman went to a Florida lemon grove to apply for a job, but the foreman thought she seemed way too qualified for the position. "Do you even have any actual experience picking lemons?" he asked.

"Well, I think I do." she replied. "I've been divorced three times."

St. Amand

St. Amand of Maastricht is the patron saint of beer and wine sellers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Toffee is made by boiling together brown sugar, butter, and vinegar.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Slow Cooker : Lemon Chicken

Slow cookers and crock pots are great when you don't have time to slave over the stove but still want a great homey meal. On Sunday mornings, right after cooking a tasty breakfast I toss this recipe in the slow cooker and by early evening or sooner it's ready.

Lemon Chicken

1 lemon (I have used a large lime)
1 Whole roasting chicken (to fit slow cooker)
1/2 Cup of Hone (optional) (I use it)
1/2 Cup of fresh orange or lemon juice
( use orange juice-keeps the dish from being too lemony)

Rinse, clean and dry chicken. (Make sure you remove the giblet pack)/
Pierce the lemon with a fork and place in the chicken cavity.
Place chicken in the cooker.
Combine honey with orange or lemon juice and pour over the chicken.
Cover and cook on low for 8 Hours or until tender.
Serves 6-8, depending on the size of the chicken.

Mirepoix (Mirh-PWAH)

Mirepoix is a culinary combination of onions, carrots and celery (and herbs) sauteed in butter or oil. A common ratio of ingredients is 2 parts onion, 1 part carrot and 1 part celery.

I add Mirepoix to my black beans, my lentils, and stews/soups. Often I deglaze the pan with red or white wine depending on the meat choice.

A note on sauteeing--I sprinkle the veg mix with salt. It brings out the moisture in the vegetables, especially the onions. I let them sit without stirring until the water evaporates. Then I quickly sautee, adding any dried herb that is required for the recipe.


I usually cook lentils at least twice a month. The Wikipedia says "Apart from a high level of proteins, lentils also contain dietary fiber, vitamin B1, and minerals. Red (or pink) lentils contain a lower concentration of fiber than green lentils (11% rather than 31%). Health magazine has selected lentils as one of the five healthiest foods. Lentils are often mixed with grains, such as rice, which results in a complete protein dish."

They have a short cooking time, so make sure you remember this or you'll have mush.

Some trivia: The optical lens is so named after the lentil (Latin: lens), whose shape it resembles.

Monday, October 8, 2007

My Cheating Heart....Brownies

I sometimes cheat when I make brownies. Since I am usually so busy making other tastier foods, I use a brownie mix, mainly the double chocolate blends. But I like to 'doctor' it up. This weekend, I made raspberry chocolate brownies by adding raspberry/chocolate swirls to the mix.

It turned out so yummy that Al ate half the brownies.

The only problem I had was that the brownies seemed to stick to the pan more than usual. I think the chips had a lot to do with it. So if you decide to use chips, make sure you remove the brownies from their pan while they are still warm.

A Baker's Pun

Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

Friday, October 5, 2007

A Boiled Egg Don't

During my college years, I hated to cook. It was easier to order a pizza or dine out, mainly on Chinese food. But one day I wanted to make a tuna salad sandwich. I always make mine with tuna, mayo, a dab of ranch dressing, pickle relish, minced garlic and chipped up hard boiled eggs.

I remember forgetting to check the time on the eggs when they first started to boil. I estimated how long it had been and took them off the burner. Waited for them to cool and unshelled one of them and sliced it to find that the yellow wasn't as done as I liked. I put it aside and thought to myself, 'I don't want to boil the other one any more." I was very hungry and wanted it NOW. So I unshelled the last one and placed it in the mircowave. I programmed the cook cycle for 15 seconds...and after 5, the damn egg exploded.

Talk about a mess... took me an hour to clean it.

So remember this...don't try to microwave a soft boiled egg.

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For tips on boiling eggs visit wikipedia

Thursday, October 4, 2007


There are more than 15,000 different varieties of rice.

Kiwi Chicken

This isn't the original recipe. When I first use a new recipe, I follow it to a tee. If I think it could use a bit of tweaking I jot down notes, and use them the next time I cook. Once I perfect the recipe, I write it down in a notebook that has 'I am my own evil twin' on the cover. Yes, food and humor go together.

For this recipe, I baked the chicken in a large *seasoned cast-iron frying pan. You can use a dutch oven or a casserole dish, whatever your choice in baking containers, just remember that the cooking time may vary from the one I post.

Kiwi Chicken


6 skinless chicken thighs.
6 cloves of garlic, halved with green sprout removed or a heaping tablespoon of minced garlic
salt & pepper to taste
2 ripened kiwi
splash of white wine ( or chicken broth)

Salt & Pepper the chicken thighs. Place in a dutch oven. Place garlic on and around the thighs. Peel and slice the kiwi, placing the slices on the chicken. Add a splash white wine or more to taste. Cook at 350 F 45-50 minutes until chicken is done. Be careful not to overcook.
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I used chicken thighs. I skinned them and removed as much fat as I could. Then I salt and pepper to my particular liking. The frying pan holds 6 to 7 thighs. After placing the thighs, I put halved cloves of garlic around them. Make sure that there are no sprouts in the cloves. When cooked the sprouts are very bitter.

Most kiwi at the grocery store or market is firm to touch. If I plan to use one in a recipe, I let it ripen for a week until it gives a little when pressed. This makes the kiwi a bit sweeter and tastier. Don't be shy with the fruit. Use it generously in this dish.

As for the wine, I use white Rhine for cooking. It doesn't overpower dishes. I am generous with my splashes. But I cover the bottom of the frying pan but not the chicken.
*seasoned means to coat the cast-iron item in cooking oil and bake it in a hot oven. I'll make a post about this later.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Sex you up, baby!

In the Middle Ages, chicken soup was believed to be an aphrodisiac.

Cooking Sherrie welcomes YOU

My blogging friend Robert suggested I start a cooking blog because I am forever and a day writing about what I cook on the weekends.

So here goes... you'll find thoughts, memories, triva and jokes about cooking with Sherrie.

Thanks for dropping by.