Chicken-Fried Steak & Garlic Mashed Potatoes w/Cracked-Pepper Gravy & Green Beans

Chicken-fried steak, garlic mashed potatoes, cracked-pepper gravy, green beans

Guido & Sophia Trattoria gave me a late Christmas present last weekend: A Cowboy in the Kitchen, a Texas-themed cookbook by Grady Spears. When I cracked the covers the very first time, it opened to page 32 and a recipe for chicken-fried steak with cracked-pepper […]


Jerk Pork Medallions with Brussels Sprouts & Potatoes

I felt like cooking last night, and I also felt like something new, so I decided to marinate pork medallions in jerk sauce and grill them. Potatoes and Brussels sprouts sounded like the perfect side dishes. It wasn’t too hard, it was fun to cook, and best of all it was a really great meal.



Smoking on the Road: Cookblogging on the Installment Plan

Crouton and Ditalini are in Las Vegas, visiting our kids, Baguette and Escargot. Baguette and I are smoking turkey breast and sausage today; we’ll serve it with Swiss chard, sautéed with bacon, onions, and feta cheese. We think it’ll be a hit with our daughter-in-law Truffle, but the grandkids, Pesce and Biscotto, will probably turn […]


Italian Family Barbecue Revisited

Here’s the original recipe, if you want the details.

Grilled artichoke, polenta with onions & peppers, Italian sausage

A few variations this time around. We recently bought a new gas grill, and in my zeal to protect it and make it last forever, I’m using grilling pans and sheets. You can see them in […]


Breaking In the New Grill

At last, Ditilani and I have a new gas grill, a big black Weber patriotically made in America, and what better way to break in our new American grill than a couple of big bloody American steaks? Here are some photos and notes on our new grill’s shakedown cruise:

To accompany our steaks, we […]


Friday Night Grilling

Dinner & a DVD always make for a nice Friday evening. But grilling dinner makes the difference between Friday and TGIF!

The DVD was Pride & Glory. Okay, but nothing to write home about. Dinner, on the other hand, was blogworthy. The menu? Grilled marinated flank steak, corn on the cob, and broccolini sautéed in […]



Which stands for “To the grill . . . it’s Friday!” around maison deMenthe. Friday’s menu: grilled veggies, grilled zucchini & squash, grilled boneless ribeye steaks.

My old Coleman grill, ready for the scrapyard

I’ve described grilling veggies before, here. Last night I used small potatoes, chopped carrots, a quartered yellow onion, and peeled […]


Parmesan Chicken with Sautéed Green Beans & Tomato/Mozzarella Salad

I was on deck for dinner last night so I decided to prepare one of Ditalini’s favorites: Parmesan chicken. Sautéed green beans and tomato/mozzarella salad seemed like they would go well with the chicken, and you know what? They did. This is an easy little dinner to prepare, and one I’ve long promised to add […]


A Night for Grilling

An old friend is down from Las Vegas for the weekend. We ate out Friday night and had a party Saturday night, so tonight, the last night of his visit, will be a quiet dinner at home. Ditalini’s making a salad and I’m grilling steaks and veggies. We also have a loaf of foccacia bread […]


A Birthday Dinner with Friends

In these recessionary times, sharing dinner at home with friends is becoming a larger part of our social life. If it’s a friend’s birthday, so much the better. Our buddy Rudy from Las Vegas came to visit this weekend; since his birthday is Monday we invited our posse over to celebrate.

Mary Anne, […]