Family Fourth of July Cookblogging

Our grandson Pesce stayed with us during the last part of June, joined on the 2nd of July by his parents, Baguette and Truffle, and his Aunt Escargot, our daughter. Escargot’s boyfriend Manzo Bistecca rolled in on the 3rd, and we were all together … save for our granddaughter Biscotto, who was stuck in Seattle [...]

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The Second Rule of Cooking Club

If it looks wrong, go with your gut.

Our second cooking club dinner was last night. The theme was Italian, using recipes from the cookbooks of celebrity chef Mario Batali. Ditalini and I were in charge of the antipasto; Magret de Canard, our host, prepared the main dish; Manzo & Anitra Spezzatino brought the salad; [...]

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The First Rule of Cooking Club

… is tell everyone about it on your cooking blog.

Ditalini and I are Hash House Harriers, members of a notoriously disorganized hare & hounds trail club with chapters all over the world. After a recent trail, while eight of us were cooling off at a local pub, our friend Magret de Canard told us [...]

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Sausage & Spinach with Fettuccini Alfredo

We went to one of our favorite Italian restaurants a few weeks ago. We were with a crowd, so we ordered appetizers. On the appetizer menu was a dish labeled Sausage & Spinach. Sounded good, so we tried it, and it was a hit with everyone. Naturally, I had to try making it myself at [...]

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Crouton’s Salade Niçoise

Our State of the Union speech night dinner was a nice Niçoise, which is a really awful pun, since Niçoise basically means “Nice-style,” after the city on the French Riviera. I promise not to do it again.

Ditalini and I wanted a salad, and after Caesar and his sidekick Cobb, Niçoise is probably the best-known [...]

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Crouton’s Bouillabaisse

The deMenthes always have seafood on Christmas Eve. Since we were visiting our son Baguette and his family in Las Vegas this year, and since our son had announced he was going to make clam chowder on Christmas Day, I decided to try my hand at bouillabaisse for Christmas Eve. This recipe is my version [...]

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deMenthe Thanksgiving 2013

We were all here for Thanksgiving: Crouton & Ditalini, our son Baguette, daughter-in-law Truffle, and grandson Pesce, along with our daughter Escargot and her boyfriend. Underfoot, of course, were Mortadella & Ubriaco, along with Baguette’s dog. Our poor old cat spent the day hiding in a closet.

What a great feast we had! Relishes, turkey [...]

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Appetizer Ideas

We went to a dinner at Poulet en Crote’s last night. Poulet prepared the main course while guests brought side dishes. Ditalini was responsible for bringing appetizers, and here they are:

L to R: deviled eggs, vegetable platter, stuffed cherry tomatoes, seasoned boiled shrimp, asparagus with prosciutto

There are hundreds of ways to make [...]

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Mexican & Tex-Mex Added to Index

Ditalini made another batch of chiles rellenos last night. I couldn’t remember if her recipe was on the blog, so I looked for it and couldn’t find it. No problem, my camera was handy and I started snapping photos, intending to add it this morning.

Ditalini’s chiles rellenos with Spanish rice and pork tamales

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Eating Our Way Through Independence Day: a Photoblog

Our son Baguette, daughter-in-law Truffle, and grandson Pesce are here for the week, along with our daughter Escargot and her boyfriend. We celebrated with a few favorite recipes, and I couldn’t resist taking photos. Here are the most appetizing ones IMHO:

Dry-rubbed beef brisket on the smoker

Smoked dry-rubbed beef brisket

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