Plum Sauce

Angel Food Cake with Plum Sauce Plums are one of those fruits that are misunderstood.  If you get a perfectly ripe plum, they are amazingly sweet and juicy, but usually they look beautiful but are deceptively tart, so I typically admire their color and then walk on by. The skin on a plum is tart, there … More Plum Sauce

Black Eyed Peas

Black Eyed Peas A staple of the south, black eyed peas are almost non-existent on menus in Southern California.  However, one should always be ready to expand their culinary dishes and this dish has five great points: 1)  It has great flavor 2)  It is extremely easy to make 3)  Its full of protein and … More Black Eyed Peas

Braised Beef Shanks

Braised Beef Shank – Osso Bucco We would all make more economical meals if we could be assured that they would be tasty.  Somehow, we relate “cheap” with “bad” and this can make us spend more money at the grocery store on namebrand items or expensive cuts of meat that may or may not be worth … More Braised Beef Shanks

How to Cut a Mango

Mango’s are one of my favorite fruits, but they can be daunting to tackle.  If you peel them you end up chasing them around as they pop out of your mango slimed hands.  They get extremely slippery and you can end up mangling your mango before you get any decent pieces that you would want … More How to Cut a Mango

Making Homemade Stock

Friday Night Stock Making Everyone who buys or grows a lot of vegetables, has a big pot and a few basic herbs and spices can make their own vegetable broth to use for soups or in sauces.  If you have a left over chicken, turkey or some beef marrow bones, you can fortify your broth by simmering the … More Making Homemade Stock