Eating is a necessity. However, we choose what to eat. The choices we make reveal a great deal about us. The food you eat can tell quite a bit about your heritage, your family, your fears, your sense of adventure, your attitude toward yourself and others, and a myriad of other personal tidbits to anyone paying attention. Everything about eating is a glimpse into your soul.

I hope to reveal a little bit about myself to you through my food. I enjoy cooking. I enjoy eating. I find pleasure in bringing pleasure to others. I hope that by sharing my recipes I bring you a little bit of joy.

Cook my food. Feed it to the people you love.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Honey Walnut Shrimp

If you’ve ever eaten at Panda Express, you’ve probably had this dish. Crispy shrimp and glazed walnuts make a tasty combo. Now, you can have it at home, in the middle of the night, in your underwear.

Figuring out the sauce was the hard part. I know that Bang Bang Shrimp’s secret ingredient is mayo and to make Sweet and Sour Meatballs you need ketchup, so I went the condiment route. Mayo it is! Then honey and cream complete the simple sauce, which I will be serving over other dishes. Panda Express uses tempura batter, but I took a short cut. Easy is my favorite flavor.

Servings: 3-4
Time:  Prep: 20 minutes; Cooking:  20 minutes; Shrimp in 40 minutes
Hardware:  A measuring spoons and cups, a cutting board and knife, 3 deep bowls, a whisk, tongs, a skimmer or a slotted spoon, a saucepan, a deep, heavy skillet, a parchment covered, plate a paper towel covered plate, an oil thermometer


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1-pound large shrimp (peeled and cleaned)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ½ cup mayo
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • Oil to fill the large skillet halfway
  • Cooked white rice and 2 green onions

  1. Slice the green onion. Generously salt and pepper the shrimp. Set aside.
  2. Bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium. When the sugar has dissolved, add the walnuts and boil for 3-4 minutes. Remove the walnuts with the slotted spoon and allow to cool on the parchment covered plate.
  3. Add enough oil to fill the heavy skillet up halfway. Heat it on medium high. When the temperature reaches 375°, the pan is ready.
  4. Beat the eggs in one bowl. Place the cornstarch in another. Dip the shrimp first in the egg mixture, then in the cornstarch and then place in the hot oil. Fry them for 3-5 minutes or until cooked through. Use the tongs to turn halfway through. Don’t crowd the shrimp. You may need to cook them in batches. Move them from the oil to the paper towel lined plate. Keep them warm in the oven on the lowest setting.
  5. When the shrimp are finished whisk the mayo, honey and heavy cream together in the third bowl. Toss the warm shrimp and walnuts with the sauce.
  6. To serve, place cooked white rice in a bowl, add some shrimp, walnuts and sauce, then garnish with slices of green onion.

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Cheesy Beef Dip in a Bread Bowl

Cheesy Beef  Dip in a  Bread Bowl
More food for the Super Bowl. This doesn’t follow my food philosophy; I mean I am suggesting you buy meat in a jar. HOWEVER, this is so good. I kept the leftover bread bowl and wrapped it in foil then heat it, sliced it up and ate the bowl!

Chipped beef is a dried, pressed, salted meat that is sliced very thin. It was a common dish in the US Army during World War II. The fact that it was inexpensive and did not need refrigeration made it a popular depression era food. It is still served in diners thought out the United States. You can find chipped beef on the aisle with canned tuna. I prefer Amour.

Chipped beef is insanely salty. Salt lick salty. To make it more palatable, I pour boiling water over the beef in a bowl. After allowing the beef to soak for 10 minutes, I discard that water and repeat the process. If you don’t mind very salty snacks, you can skip this step.

Time:  Active time: 15 minutes; cooking:  25 minutes, crunchy goodness in 45 minutes (an hour if you are removing the saltiness)
Hardware: Knives and a cutting board, a saucepan, measuring spoons and cups, a mixer, a mixing bowl, a silicone spatula, a large serrated knife, parchment paper or foil, and a baking sheet

  • Large (1 pound) round sourdough loaf
  • 2-2ounce jars chipped beef
  • 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 8 ounces of shredded cheddar
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F. To make clean up easier, line the cooking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. If you desalted the beef (and you should) dry it. Roughly chop the beef. This is easiest to do, if you roll it up. Slice the green onions into thin rings. Use the white and the green parts. Set aside.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients with the mixer. Then fold in the beef and onions.
  4. Use the serrated knife to make a bread bowl. Cut down into the bowl at an angle. Make sure to not cut down too far. Save the top of the bowl for dipping. You can scoop out more bread if needed. See the illustration below.
  5. Fill the space that you created with the beef mixture. Place the bowl onto the baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the bread is crunchy. Serve right away with the reserved pieces of bread, crackers or soft pretzels.

Mojo Drummies

Mojo Drummies

Every year around the Super Bowl, I try to come up with a new wing recipe. This year I found chicken drumettes on sale and decided to make Mojo Drummies. You could use this same marinade and technique to make regular wings. Just separate the flaps from the drumettes with kitchen scissors. Also, snip the points from the flaps.

Mojo sauce is popular throughout the Spanish speaking world. The sauce I made is based on Cuban Mojo. You could  make an extra batch of this sauce and marinate pork over night or fish or shrimp for 30 minutes.

Sour orange or bitter orange is an ingredient that can be found in the Hispanic food aisle of your grocery store. If you cannot, then you can order it from Amazon. I like Badia.

Servings:  1 dozen wings
Hardware:  Measuring spoons and cups, a knife and cutting board, food prep gloves, a plastic container with a lid that is large enough to hold all the wings, a small plastic container with a lid, a whisk, paper towels, a plate, tongs, a baking sheet, a cooling rack (optional), foil
Time: Active time: 10 minutes Cook time: 50 minutes, Marinating time: 2-24 hours, wings in variable time


  • 1.5 pounds chicken drumettes (or a dozen wings)
  • 2 sticks of butter at room temperature
  • 20-ounce jar sour orange
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1 green onion
  • 1 jalapeño
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray

  1. Dice the garlic cloves. Slice the green onion as thin as possible, both the white and green parts. Cut the jalapeño into thin rings. Mince the herbs. Pour the sour orange and oil into the large plastic container. Whisk the veggies, herbs and salt together until the oil and water are as mixed as you can get it. Set aside ¼ cup of the sauce, making sure to get some veggies and herb. Place the reserved sauce in the fridge until you need it.
  2. Place the drumettes in the mojo sauce, making sure they are all covered in sauce. Cover with a tight lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. I refrigerate them overnight
  3. When you are ready to make the drummies, preheat the oven to 400°. Remove the butter and the reserved sauce from the fridge.
  4. Line the baking sheet with foil. If you have a cooling rack place it over the foil-lined sheet. Spray with cooking spray.
  5. Put on the gloves. Pour the sauce off the drummies and discard. Dry each drummy as much as you can and place it on the plate. This takes lots of paper towels but is important to get a crispy skin on the chicken. Rub each drummy in softened butter, making sure they are thoroughly covered.
  6. Lay the chicken in a single layer on the cooling rack. Place in the oven and roast for 20 minutes. Flip and roast for 20 more minutes. If the skin isn’t crisp enough for you, place the chicken under the broiler. If you do this make sure to watch them so that they do not burn.
  7. Remove the chicken from the oven and toss it with the reserved sauce. Serve warm.