Posts Tagged ‘recipe’

9th April
2010
written by Steph

Peach Crisp

Despite a somewhat odd cold snap the past two days, the weather has rather balmy and warm (and sometimes downright hot!) the past week or so here in Nashville.  With the warmer weather of Spring in the air, I decided to whip up a lovely light dessert for dinner this past weekend when our friend Trisha was coming over to dine with us.  I toyed with the idea of doing a pear frangipane tart, but my fear of pastry is still somewhat high, so instead I decided to focus on a more rustic dessert: the peach crisp!  I used this recipe over at Une-Deux Senses as inspiration, but I found it needed some tweaking, so the following is my version of peach crisp. (more…)

25th March
2010
written by Steph

Lamb kofta & vegetable stew

When Tony and I were in New York back in November we ate a lot of amazing food. Obviously.  But hands down, our favorite thing we ate was a lamb kofta from a halal street meat vendor.  It was a taste sensation, and I rue that we only ate there once AND that Tony would shove as much of it as possible into his gaping maw while pushing me into oncoming traffic to prevent me from doing the same.  I know the man loves me, but I am no match for that kofta.

Since then, I have been having intermittent cravings for that delicious dish, but who knows when we’ll have a chance to head back to New York.  So I set out to try and recreate it at home.  And as with so many attempts to replicate dishes, I came nowhere close to that now-almost-mythical kofta… but thanks to this recipe over at TasteFood I did make a pretty damn good dish anyway.  It doesn’t really taste anything like the thing we had in New York, but it’s tasty, filling, and healthy, so try it out! (more…)
9th March
2010
written by Steph

Chicken Tikka Masala (aka "Heaven on a plate")

If you’re anything like Tony and I, then you list Indian food as one of your favorite ethnic cuisines.  Coming from Toronto, I was used to a surfeit of wonderful and authentic Indian restaurants (I’ve heard tell from people from India that some of the best Indian food they’ve ever eaten they’ve had in T.O.!), so you can imagine my dismay when I moved to Nashville and found the Indian restaurants here less than inspiring.  The few places that existed tended to season every dish the exact same way (chicken korma should NOT taste the same as aloo gobi!), and often left me feeling bogged down yet oddly bereft once I was finished.  Sure there’s a great veggie Indian place just down the street, but we’re omnivores, and sometimes we crave meat.  Thankfully a WONDERFUL Indian place opened up across the street from our apartment about a year ago and Tony and I have never looked back.  Generally speaking Bombay Palace now takes care of all of our Indian needs, but there is something oddly rewarding about creating great Indian food in your own kitchen.  This recipe that I’ve adapted from over at the Pioneer Woman’s site will allow you to do just that!  Think Indian food is too hard to make at home?  Think again! (more…)
22nd February
2010
written by Steph

Celery & Stilton Soup! Yum!

What do you do when you have (for reasons that are somewhat confusing to you) a ton of celery in your fridge and a bunch of blue cheese?  I guess you’ve got the side fixins for some chicken wings, but if you’re me, you make soup!  And a really good one at that!  Of course, this is assuming that you enjoy blue cheese, but if not, what are you doing with it in your fridge? (more…)
18th January
2010
written by Steph
Aw yeah, come to momma...

Aw yeah, come to momma...

I don’t care if you have a treasured recipe that’s been handed down through your family’s generations for the past century – I’m about to share with you a recipe for chocolate chip cookies so good they will blow your mind.  If you thought I got excited about really good bread, you ain’t seen nothing yet.  Just try these cookies and they will rock your world... provided you like chewy chocolate chip cookies.  If you like crispy ones, I can’t help you.  I know there’s been a lot of hoopla on the interwebs about how one should freeze cookie dough for something like 72 hours before actually baking the damn things, but that is crazy talk, because who wants to wait THREE DAYS for cookies?  Not me, that’s for sure.  When I get it into my head that I want to bake cookies, it’s probably because I want to eat cookies in the near future.  Three days is not the near future on the cookie timeline.  But as Einstein said, all things are relative; just make these cookies and see.  They will be gone in three days and you will say that was far too quick.

The secret?  Two things actually: 1) almond extract (it makes the dough - or cookie flesh, if you prefer – simply divine), and 2) sea salt (the combination of salty and sweet is addictive and makes the cookies really something special). (more…)
9th January
2010
written by Steph

The finished product

The finished product

I'm assuming that those of you who are smart enough to read this blog are also smart enough to assemble a pizza on your own (plus we've held your hand before), so this will be a bit of a departure from our normal recipe series in that I'm not going to walk you through the steps here one by one.  Instead, I'm going to tell you what toppings we put on this so-called "Supreme Pizza" and focus on one of the more important parts of this dish: the sauce.  You see, when it comes to pizza, I'm insanely picky - sure it's hard to screw up, but it's also hard to get REALLY good pizza - and more often than not I'm let down the sauce component.  Most pizzas are too saucy, or rely on sauces that are too thick and akin to tomato paste, both of which are sins that will have me turning up my nose.  My favorite kind of sauce is one that tastes like true tomatoes and that are light and liquid-y rather than goopy.  Turns out I'm in luck, because this type of sauce is actually really easy to make yourself (and will have you shunning all of that tinned/jarred sauce nonsense). (more…)
18th November
2009
written by Steph
ThaiPork

Thai Pork with Chiles & Basil and Coconut Rice

Here at Steph & Tony Investigate!  we’re pretty adventurous eaters and we just love trying global cuisines.  Of course, one of the tricky things about having a penchant for international food is that making it yourself is not always a winning proposition.  We love us some Vietnamese food, but that stuff takes ages to make on your own (though perhaps not now that we finally have a handy kitchen mandolin), and it never tastes quite like what we get at our favorite place (likely because we don’t have all the right spices).  Thai food is a little bit more successful for us, and while I don’t know exactly how authentic this recipe is, it definitely tasted really good!  For this dish, I followed yet another Martha Stewart recipe (can you tell that I’m obsessed?) to good results.  And even more shocking I pretty much followed the recipe as was to a T, with minimal changes on my part: (more…)
4th November
2009
written by Steph

Bacon, Caramelized Onion, & Fig Pizza

Bacon, Caramelized Onion, & Fig Pizza

Ever since discovering the fresh pizza dough at Trader Joe’s, we’ve been into making pizza in a big way.  Prior to this, we were using the pre-rolled (and it would seem pre-baked) crusts from the deli section of Kroger that were kind of like chewy crackers, and were just not very good.  We could have made the dough from scratch, I realize, but as much as I love to cook, I don’t really do baking, and anything that involves dough and yeast… it makes me VERY uncomfortable.  Much better to just get the dough pre-done and worry only about rolling it out.  Of course, if you’re in the mood for thin crust, then you can always use a flour tortilla, which is something we’ve also done quite frequently in the past, and it works out quite well, provided you’re not using a lot of wet/soupy ingredients on your ‘za (as there’s nothing particularly wet about the ingredients used in this pizza, it would be a great candidate for the thin crust treatment).  And yes, in Nashville, homemade pizza is really the only way to go, as there is really a dearth of good pizza places here.  It is sad, and you can be sure that we will go overboard on correcting our lack of pizza in our life when we visit New York City next week! I admit that I came up with the idea of this pizza all on my own on one very hungry day, but as with most things, if you input them into Google, you find that others have thought of it before.  I offered up a potential recipe for you guys to follow in the Week 1 Mealplan post through such a search strategy, but pizza is so easy, I didn’t bother following one for this. (more…)

25th October
2009
written by Steph

Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup... my way!

Spinach and Leek White Bean Soup... my way!

Until I started planning out our meals in detail, and vowed to cut out leftover dinners as lunches, I wasn’t a huge fan of soups.  They just never came across as very filling or very interesting to me, so I never really thought to make them.  BUT, I have since done a 180, and have come to see that soups can make a hearty and satisfying meal.  AND they’re cheap!  So cheap, I don’t have to feel bad about not getting up early to make sandwiches… I try to mix it up each week as to whether I’m making a thick, creamy soup, a lighter, brothy soup, or a soup with meat (or without).  To kick off the weekly cookalong, I decided to go with this spinach, leek and white bean soup, as it had relatively simple ingredients and managed to seem both light and hearty.  Of course, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t deviate from the recipe, so here’s what I actually did: (more…)

19th May
2009
written by Steph
Cole slaw?  More like COOL slaw!

Cole slaw? More like COOL slaw!

For May, it’s colder in Nashville than it normally is (generally this is the time of year where I eschew jeans and any full-length trousers for the next 4 months), but our building has finally opened up the pool area which means we also have access to the grill!  When I lived with my parents I frequently experience “grill overload”, as my mother would pretty much char everything in the summer months, but now that I’m the chief overseer of daily meals, I’ve come to appreciate what a grill can bring to our dinner repertoire. I love barbecuing burgers, brats, and kebabs, but those in themselves don’t necessarily make an entire meal (well, maybe the kebabs do).  This coleslaw is a great side for your grill-centric meals – it’s chock full of flavor (that only improves with additional time in the fridge) and easy to whip together with ingredients you already have on hand!  Sure you could just chuck some premade, store-bought dressing onto a bag of chopped cabbage and call it a day, but this is soooo much better (but easy!  I promise); the blue cheese really makes this something special. It’s now my go-to slaw recipe, and I like to try to always have some in the fridge (I’ve been known to simply have a bowl for lunch).  I adapted it from a recipe by Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, so you know it’s good!  Prep time is only about 10 minutes, so this is really not a labor-intensive dish. Ingredients •    1 bag of pre-chopped coleslaw mix (contains red & green cabbage as well as carrots); alternatively you could buy those three things separately and shave them, but I know you’re busy, so the pre-prepared stuff is completely fine for this •    1 heaping cup of mayonnaise (not miracle whip… mayonnaise!) •    4 tbsp of Dijon mustard (we use a country blend made with white wine, which is sweeter and less sharp than the Grey Poupon kind) •    1 tbsp of dried mustard (optional.  I add it on a whim whenever I feel like making the dressing zippier) •    1 - 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar •    1 tbsp of honey •    1 tsp of salt •    ½ tsp of fresh ground black pepper •    1 cup of crumbled blue cheese (whatever kind makes you happy) •    ½ cup of coarsely chopped walnuts •    ½ cup of craisins or raisins •    bunch of fresh chopped parsley (if you have it handy… I rarely do, but I still love this slaw!) (more…)
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