March 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
J: A couple of weeks ago over my spring “break,” I had a conference to attend out of town, so Erik went home to visit his parents. While I was enjoying sunny Puerto Rico, he got the tail end of winter and was able to cook some new delicious recipes, which he told me all about and promised that we would make together soon. This is the first one we made, and even for 70+ degree weather, it was delightful. Honestly it is sort of what I had been hoping for when we made this a few months ago (but that dish ended up being a bit on the too-spicy end for me), and I have a sneaking suspicion that because it is easy, fast, healthy, and crazy delicious, it will become a staple around here. Seriously, with a recipe this unassuming — potatoes and asparagus! who knew?! — you will be amazed at how flavorful and filling this is, especially with a light sprinkling of cheese.
E: Don’t mind the salmon in the photo. This post is all about the sweet potato concoction on the left.
November 6, 2011 § 1 Comment
E: Here’s another family recipe finally seeing the light of the internet for the first time. I don’t know where it came from initially, but I think it is pretty good. My mother has been making coq au vin approximately like this for years (I say approximately because she doesn’t usually measure anything) and I quite like it. I’ve made some slight changes, mostly to give it a bit more onion and garlic flavor, but the recipe is pretty much preserved from how I received it when I asked her to write it down for me in college.
You can make it equally well with red or white wine, and I’ve seen recipes that do it either way. I tend to use white because the end product is prettier, but I think you can use whatever you have at the time. It certainly won’t turn out bad. I’ve also made it using vermouth when I didn’t want to open a bottle of wine and I found that definitely worked ok too.
This is a classic dish that you simply have to make at some point. But please pronounce it correctly. If you say it “cocoa vinn” I will send some angry Frenchman to find you and teach you how to say it the right way. « Read the rest of this entry »
April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
E: First off, I really dropped the ball this week! It has been five days since the last post went up, and since it has been up to me to write one, and since I’ve been absolutely consumed with finishing up my undergraduate thesis, a post simply has not materialized.
So I’ve decided to send live a page I’ve been working on for a while, but have been waiting to post until such a time when it is deemed ready. I’m not sure that it is now, but I’m putting it out there anyway. The Nombudsman wine list is located here, and should be accessible on the menu to the left.
Just a few words of introduction for the new page before I return to the cracking whip of science: I love wine. But, I am not a professional. I don’t necessarily even have a hugely developed palate (that would be up to you professionals to decide). My qualifications primarily include vehement opinions and a trust of my gut feelings. That said, if you aren’t a wine professional either, then you might find us on a fairly level playing field. This page will be updated fairly regularly, and may change vastly in organization at some point soon (I’m not satisfied by the way things are sorted at present), so check back every so often. I hope this page helps you find something you like, and I hope that it will not completely embarrass me in front of the world’s online readership. Enjoy!