I'll just come out and say it – Onion rings are awesome, whether on a burger, or as a side.  I mean, deep-fried onions, am I right?  Well, deep fried nearly everything.  Deep.Fried.  *drools a little* At some point I'll…

Mozzarella in Carrozza

"Mozzarella in a Carriage".  Earlier this week, I came across a reference to this, with two sentences to the effect of, "In Italy they make French toast with mozzarella in between two slices of bread, then fried. Sometimes it's served with…

Cast-Iron baked cornbread

If you're like me, you grew up with Jiffy cornbread.  Not that there's anything wrong with that – Jiffy is cheap, easy, and tasty.  All three of which are total 'wins' in my book.  On the other hand, there's a…

This started as a relish for my Santa Maria Tri-Tip but really has a life of it's own.  As mentioned, it goes great as a BBQ topper, or just as a stand-alone side dish.  Its Mexican-American "cowboy food" and in…

Easy-bake Chicken

Weeknights can be the worst for cooking.  An exceptionally long day at the office (and really, who doesn't have a lot of those these days) and the idea of spending any time in the kitchen just sounds like a nightmare.  You…

Olav's Wok

 A conversation came up the other day about stir-fry, and woks in particular, and there seemed to be some confusion (and maybe a bit of fear) about the two.  Thankfully, it's not that hard, there are just a lot of…

Japanese Curry paste

This is kind of a departure for me, as I'm writing about a box of stuff that you buy at a store.  In my defense though, it's a box of curry paste that, although the integral ingredient is probably not…

Cajun' Grillin'

So, I'm going to tease you with a pretty bacon and chicken sammich, but that's not actually what I'm going to talk about. See, the sammich is plenty tasty, but it's a chicken breast, lettuce, tomato, bacon on a roll….

For some reason it seems like a lot of people fear lasagna.  I have some theories, but I'll reserve them for a minute. Lasagna is, at the root, pretty simple.  There are variations on how many layers, and the like,…

Bacon Cheeseburger with Beer-Battered Onion Rings

So, grilling season is fast approaching, and since the weather is actually 'nice' this weekend, I figured it was time to come out of the gate roaring like a lion.  To that end, here's a completely scratch-from-the-ground-up bacon cheeseburger with…