Bacon Wrapped, Beer Cheese Stuffed, Baked Potato

Bacon Wrapped, Beer Cheese Stuffed, Baked Potato

Everyone loves some form of baked potato, they might just not have found it yet.  Good thing this one is so easy, and will quickly become one of your favorites. Take your large potatoes, stab them all over with a fork, wrap in foil and bake at 350 degrees until they...

Honey Balsamic Glazed Almonds

Honey Balsamic Glazed Almonds

This is the perfect snack to take on road trips, or just to have around the house to munch on.  Even though its healthy, I can't get enough of it. Barely cover the bottom of your crock pot with olive oil.  Add a ton of raw almonds, douse in honey, then add some...

Beer Cheese

Beer Cheese

We've all seen it listed in different menus, and slathered all over a wide range of meals.  Have you ever tried to make it? Beer cheese is delightful on the palate, and stress free to make. Start off by making a roux.  Once the roux is cooked, pick your favorite beer...

Macaroni & Cheese

So many people fear making Mac & Cheese, which is why all the boxed versions of it are so prevalent.  Once you learn how to make it, you'll never want to look at a box of Mac & Cheese again. Start by whisking together a bechamel sauce.  Once your sauce is...

Bechamel

Bechamel is one of the 5 French mother sauces. What's a mother sauce? It's 5 sauces that stand as the foundation for every other sauce in French cuisine. Bechamel, Tomato, Espagnole, Veloute, and Hollandaise Start by making a roux.  As mentioned in the link, roux is...

Roux

I'm sure you've made this before, but possibly didn't know the name. Roux, pronounced roo, is the beginning of different sauces, and is primarily used for thickening. It's equal parts fat and butter, cooked together. That's it. Simple. Sounds like you are making a...

Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine

It's late fall/early winter.  The only thing more abundant than the fresh citrus is the holiday parties. I'd like to introduce you to mulled wine. I grab my favorite box of red wine blend.  Yes, you read that correctly, box.  Boxed wine is fabulous, and you get 4...

Toolbox : How I Use It

Toolbox : How I Use It

Why do you cook? What about it do you enjoy? I love the opportunity to think through flavor profiles, contemplate blending different recipes and types of food, preparing, spending time with friends, and ultimately enjoying the fruits of my labor. You see, for me, cook...

Toolbox : Pickles & Relish

Toolbox : Pickles & Relish

I love the tangy, sour, acid, sweet, and spicy dance pickles throw for your tastebuds.  Sure pickled cucumbers, or what is normally thought of when pickles are mentioned, can be great, but lets not forget everything else.  Pickled onions, mushrooms, carrots, green...

Toolbox : Mayonnaise & Aioli

Toolbox : Mayonnaise & Aioli

What is the difference between mayonnaise and aioli? Your guess is as good as mine. I'm just kidding...The differences are more than the fact that aioli is a fancy version of mayonnaise, and used by a lot of restaurant marketers to sell more food. Both are emulsions,...

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