I like to cook.
I like to eat.
It's a wonder I don't look like Marlon Brando!
Here are a bunch of great recipes that I've tried and I recommend:
- Emeril made these on his show.
They are very rich, and very tasty.
and Wild Rice Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - Somewhat reminiscent of golabki, a
Polish treat, these are unique and very tasty.
and Black-Bean Burritos - Never mind that you might not be
fit to live with once the beans do their work.... these are well worth the
price of ostracism!
Pico de Gallo
- simple, but a great relish for some Tex-Mex food. I'd recommend
adding a few drops of hot sauce to "kick it up a notch!"
Speckled Rice Salad - If you like oriental cooking--and, if you have the
ingredients for this--it's quite interesting. Take a look at the
recipe. It's kinda sweet with a little bit of an oily tang!
and Scallops with Wine Sauce - Let me tell you, this dish is not that
hard to make. Yes, scallops may be a bit on the expensive side, but I
recommend the bay scallops as they are smaller, so you don't have to cut
them up. Make this, and your guests will be impressed.
Burger Buns -
This recipe, from Fleischmann's (the yeast people), makes some very tasty
hamburger, hot dog, or brat buns. You might try sprinkling a little
poppy seed or sesame seed on them, too.
Potato Salad - I still can't tell you what an artichoke tastes like, but
this potato salad is out of this world. Make sure you make it a day
ahead of time to give the flavors a chance to cure. You won't regret
Coleslaw - Personally, I prefer a bit more zing in my coleslaw, but this
creamy style was just fine, too. I think chipped or julienne carrots may
work better than shredded, but you can let me know about that!
Gratin - This is a recipe that can be easily adapted to a multitude of
ingredients that you might have on hand. Layer potatoes and cheese
with whatever else you can find (I prefer ham, actually), add some
half-and-half, press and bake for a long long time. It's kind of like
a "scalloped potatoes and whatever, but it holds together very well and
is not at all runny.
The next three all go together: Make the Bread
Pudding. When ready to serve, sliced it and pour a bit of the Bourbon
sauce over it, then top with the spiced cream. You will swear that you've
died and gone to heaven:
- Emeril does it again. If you can get past the cost of the Grand
Marnier (I got two tiny bottles for $3.49 apiece and they added up to the
half cup needed....but it's well worth it. These are a real treat!
- New recipes will be added as I find them
And finally, my most...
Top Secret Recipe:
Leon Konieczny's Turkey Dressing - Ok, over
the years, I've made "Mom Konieczny's Turkey Dressing" so many times
that I can make it by heart. It's never twice the same, but I think that
over the years, I have improved it until it is a truly great Dressing
Recipe. So good, that I've decided to name it after myself. Of
course, give credit where it is due: without my mom's tutelage, this would never
have been possible. Mom: It's a testament to your great teaching skills
that I've managed to improve on this already great recipe. The credit is all yours! Give it
a try sometime, and see if you don't agree.
Ok, I've shared a bunch of my favorite recipes with you, now
it's your turn. E-mail me with
your favorite recipes so I can give them a try!