Whip It! Whip it Good…Blueberries with Maple Whipped Cream

Blueberries Maple Whipped Cream 1When you think of summer what food comes to mind?  Watermelon? Ripe tomatoes? Sweet corn?  Mostly I think of fresh, ripe fruit and vegetables.  I also think of wandering around the Farmers’ Markets and seeing all the fresh fruit and veggies. Ah…summer. Continue reading “Whip It! Whip it Good…Blueberries with Maple Whipped Cream”

Crispy Salmon with Lemon, Basil and Caper Sauce with a side of Lake Tahoe

Salmon with Lemon, Basil and Caper Sauce 3So, Yes!Chef! has returned home from Boston and he is feeling like cooking up some goodness again. (Everyone at the Schmautzhaus says Huzzah!) And, boy, is recipe a great way to come back.  The salmon was crispy on the outside and creamy and fresh on the inside.  The sauce was sublime. It had everything I like:  lemon, capers and basil.  All of it sitting on a bed of fresh spinach.  It was the perfect meal after a longish walk with Obie T. Dogg in beautiful Lake Tahoe.

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“Meatballs are the ultimate cure-all for anything that ails you.” {Chile Verde Meatballs}

Meatballs with Chile Verde Sauce
Meatballs with Chile Verde Sauce
*The above quote is from The Meatball Shop Cookbook.

Yes!Chef! loves meatballs.  And he likes to make big, fat meatballs with lots of flavor, which usually means a high degree of fat.  We are not afraid of fat because, as Julia Child said, “Fat is flavor.”

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Cherry Clafouti…Gesundheit

Cherry Clafoutis
Cherry Clafoutis

Clafoutis definition:  Baked French dessert of fruit, traditionally black cherries, arranged in a buttered dish, and covered with a thick flan-like batter. The Clafoutis is dusted with powdered sugar, served warm and sometimes served with cream.

Gesundheit: used to wish good health, especially to one who has just sneezed.

I have made Clafoutis before, but with peaches or berries, which I guess isn’t really, technically, a clafoutis.  I also read somewhere that traditional Clafoutis are made with the pits still in the cherries.  When I discovered that we had no cherry pitter in the house and I couldn’t find one in a couple of stores I looked in, I felt like leaving the pits in.

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I-am-too-getting-useful-information-from-Facebook Ranch Salad Dressing

Facebook Ranch Salad Dressing
Facebook Ranch Salad Dressing

If you are on Facebook, I’m sure you have noticed the pictures of food that come complete with recipes.  They say things like, “2 Ingredient Frosting”, or “My mom could not believe how easy this Cordon Blue Recipe is”, or “Tastes just like the original Taco Bell Refried Beans.”  This Ranch Salad Dressing recipe says, “Best ranch you’ll ever taste and its homemade. Recipe lasts for ever too.” and it is provided by Carla Reid Chatterton. 

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