September 19, 2014

Surprise, America! Your Meat Is Held Together By Meat Glue and Some Hershey’s Isn’t Even Chocolate, Anymore

Ian's Not Maple Syrup Joshua Kennon

It's possible your beef, pork, lamb, fish, or chicken is really a bunch of scraps held together by something known as meat glue, or transglutaminase enzyme.  The next time you go to the store, you may want to check for it so you know what you are actually buying. In theory, there is nothing inherently wrong with it as it can allow you to create dishes that otherwise wouldn't be possible.  The problem is that, when used to make bigger cuts from scrap, it can introduce bacterial risk in the m … [Read more...]

I Have to Work Late Because I Played Tales of Xillia 2 All Day …


I had so much work to do today, but I'm going to be up all night finishing it because I ... uh ... may have spent six or seven hours playing Tales of Xillia 2, which was released last week.  When I woke up, I just didn't feel like going anywhere or doing anything so I threw on comfortable clothes, grabbed a cup of coffee, made myself a plate of white cheddar, honey, and golden raisins on baguette slices, paired it with a big glass of milk, and went to the living room to lose myself in the world o … [Read more...]

Slow-Roasted Vegetables, French Onion Soup, Fresh Bread, Aged White Cheddar, and Plum Cheesecake

Joshua and Aaron Cheese Plate Closeup

We spent the day at home working on a project we need to get done for the one of the businesses.  As usual, we're big believers in concurrent time management so we used the opportunity to test slow cook recipes and soups because they could largely sit without a lot of attention for long stretches at a time.  My task was to come up with two classic slow-roasted root vegetable dishes that can become part of our permanent recipe collection, ready to grab whenever we need them. The first of these … [Read more...]

The AGA Cooker – How a Blind Nobel Prize Winning Physicist Created One of the World’s Greatest Stoves

Aga Cooker 1

In 1912, one of Sweden's greatest inventors, physicist Gustaf Dalén, was blinded during an accident involving pressure containment for his gas accumulators.  He had created a device for use in unmanned lighthouses.  This device lit itself at night and extinguished in the morning, improving marine safety, thereby saving countless lives and immeasurable property.  Despite the setback of losing his vision, he continued to work, always thinking of new ideas for improving the world.  Before his death, … [Read more...]

Homemade Chipotle Burrito Bowls and Guittard Chocolate

Chipotle Salsa Recipe

We're working on making our own homemade version of Chipotle's burrito bowl so we can throw them together fairly quickly (make the salsa in advance, pre-measure the ingredient portions, and all you have to do is a handful of steps in less than 20-30 minutes whenever you want to mass produce them).  The final product turned out to be amazing, though I think the corn salsa recipe is slightly off (the person from whom I borrowed it uses too much lime and it lacks sweetness; I can fix that in … [Read more...]

Nectarine White Chocolate Cream Pie

Nectarine White Chocolate Cream Pie Closeup

Now that the white chicken chili is on the stove, it's time to turn attention to the nectarine white chocolate cream pie on the other side of the kitchen.  There are quite a few seasonal fruits available - nectarines, plums, cherries, and strawberries among my favorites - so I'm hoping to do as much experimentation as possible before autumn arrives and my attention gets turned to apples, cranberries, turkey, maple, and other flavors that tend to be best when the air has a bit of a nip in it.  It … [Read more...]

How to Make Our Favorite White Chicken Chili Recipe

Josh and Aaron White Chicken Chili Recipe

We had been looking for a white chicken chili recipe last year when we came across one published on a major recipe site that met our needs and had great reviews.  Though it was a decent rough template, it called for four ounces of generic canned chili peppers.  Unless you are on a scientific expedition to Antarctica, or hiding in a fallout bunker following nuclear annihilation, there is no reason to find that acceptable.  If you're going to go to the trouble of making something at home, a few ext … [Read more...]

Baking Pain de mie Bread in Pullman Pans

Finished Pain de mie sandwich bread from Pullman pan

I normally like richer, specialty breads - the heavy kind you find in some European bread shop, each for its own purpose and recipe - but a recent trip to the grocery store made me curious about the type of ordinary bread most Americans are eating.  After looking at the nutrition label of several major baking companies, I was disgusted.  They read like something out of a chemistry class; high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, calcium sulfate, mono and diglycerides, ethoxylated mono and d … [Read more...]

Skillet Lasagna Is Not My Thing

Pan Lasagna

We have been trying new recipes, again.  One of the dishes that was on the list was a skillet lasagna.  It's popular because you can take ingredients you have at home and quickly put together a home cooked meal without a lot of effort.  I was hesitant because, in my opinion, the entire appeal of a lasagna dish is the layer of cheese, golden brown from slowly roasting in the oven.  However, I was game.  It was delicious, and I see why people like it, but, nope.  I am a baked lasagna guy.  On to th … [Read more...]

This Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Is Delicious, Cheap, Nutrious, and Easy to Make

Rooftop Prince Omurice Recipe Ingredients List

We made omurice this afternoon because it's Saturday and that means the family comes over to watch Korean dramas.  They are in the final episodes of Rooftop Prince, one of my favorite shows of all time, and those of you who see it know the main characters are obsessed with this particular meal. Omurice is one of those dishes that everyone should have in his or her repertoire, ready to pull out at a moment's notice.  It's cheap, delicious, easy, and nutritious.  Just as important, it's in … [Read more...]