Potato Crust, Blue Cheese Quiche

An eggy quiche with a hash brown inspired crust, some fresh baby spinach, and crumbled blue cheese on top, to pack in a little extra punch.  Enjoy! Ingredients: 3-4 Potatoes 1 Onion 3/4 tsp Salt 2 tbsp Cornstarch 1 tbsp melted Butter 6 Eggs 3 tbsp Half & Half 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 2 large…

Papa a la Huancaína

Papa a la Huancaína is one of my favorite Peruvian dishes, and as Vermont tends to lack good Peruvian cuisine, it falls to me to recreate my own versions of Peruvian dishes such as this one.  Papa a la Huancaína, in its simplest form, is a potato smothered in a spicy cheese sauce.  I decided…

Gnocchi with Pesto

It has come to my attention that although, I have two gnocchi recipes posted, neither of them are for a standard, no frills gnocchi.  I have decided to remedy that this week with a step by step guide to basic gnocchi making, along with an attempt to photograph the proceeder.  Somehow flour coated hands and…

Carrot and Beef Stew with Red Wine

A classic French style beef stew with all of the usual characters – bacon, garlic, rosemary, onions, thyme, cognac, and lots of red wine.  I served the stew with a side of roasted potatoes.  Usually I like to cook my beef stew Belgium style, with lot of beer instead of wine, but I decided to…

Cranberry Soy Chicken

I made some homemade cranberry jelly about a week ago, and have been brainstorming non-Thanksgiving ways for using it.  So far, this is what I have been able to come up with – a soy, cranberry, and garlic sauce on roast chicken that has been roasted on a bed of garlic seasoned potatoes, mushrooms, and…

Apple-Brined Turkey Breast

This recipe came to me via my mother, who, I believe, clipped it out of the Washington Post food section.  She has been using tips from this brining recipe for years now, and every Thanksgiving she digs out one of her massive 5 gallon zip-lock to brine her turkey in a mixture of apple juice,…

Grilled Potatoes with Chard

This au gratin inspired dish is arranged into a potato rosette, sitting on a bed of sautéed chard and mushrooms, and sprinkled with a sharp cheddar cheese.  It falls short of being an au gratin since the top of the dish will not brown on the grill, but its rich cheese and potato flavors mimic…

Potato Salad with Pickled Red Onions

It is the time of year when BBQ prevails, and most meals revolve around whatever meat gets thrown on the grill and a selection of the expected cold sides.  While I do like a mayonnaise based potato salad, by the time July comes around I have usually had my fill.  There is also something about…