What’s for dinner tonight? Smoked New York Steak Roast again.   See the recipe here.  I keep coming back to this one.  It’s so easy and entertaining friendly.  While the Roast is smoking away in the Cookshack and then the oven I’m able to visit with friends without feeling stressed.  Lots of time to do everything necessary for a nice Valentine’s dinner.  There is still plenty of breathing room to figure out the sides and get them going too. I’m fixing it up again today for friends who have escaped the minus 9 F South Dakota freeze that has moved into the north and northeast.  They areRead More →

It seems that I always buy too many potatoes.  I love them and think that I can go through the 5 pound bag before they start to wrinkle up and get those little root like growths.  It always starts out with a few really good twice baked potatoes, a batch of potato soup, potatoes grilled with onion on the BBQ or a pan of parsley fried potatoes. Put several weeks later I go to get a couple of my treasured potatoes to mix up with another meal and they’ve lost their charm. So, I thought… why not bake up half a bag of those lovelyRead More →

One of my favorite things to do with Ms. T is to help her make her famous homemade noodles.  When she visited this spring we went up to the cabin and carted all the ingredients we needed to make Chicken and Homemade Noodles.  It’s  one of my most desired comfort foods and I also have it with leftover turkey during the holidays.  The recipe is from Ms. T’s family; Grandma Olga who was of German heritage. It is fun to think that this recipe has been passed on through multiple generations and I’m now sharing it with you.   I usually cheat when it comesRead More →

We had eight of our closest friends at our home to celebrate and ring in the New Year.  Cocktail and appetizer hour started at 7pm and dinner was ready to serve an hour and half later.  The twice baked potatoes were prepared the day prior and were ready to place in the oven for the final baking one hour before dinner.  The tenderloin smoked for 1 hour, grill seared for 15 minutes and then slow cooked in the oven (on and off) for the balance of the day before carving to serve at a delicious medium-rare. Oh how I wish I were better at remembering toRead More →

12 ounces gemelli pasta (or any other desired pasta) Three-quarter medium-size onion chopped 4 cups sliced mushrooms One cube unsalted butter 1 tablespoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper 1/2 half cup Crown Royal Whiskey® 1 cup water, white wine or chicken broth Two extra-large vegetable bouillon cubes 1/4 cup flour and water for thickening 1 pound cooked shrimp skinned 1 – 2 teaspoons dried chives Fill a larger pasta pot 3/4 full and bring to a medium boil.  Add the desired amount of pasta to the hot water.  Continue to cook the pasta while preparing the rest of the dish.  Check it for doneness occasionally and turnRead More →

BigOven is by far my favorite online cooking application.  Now I’m even more thrilled with it since they have implemented several great updates to the site.  I began using BigOven in 2004 when I tired of trying to work with an outdated recipe collection program called Master Cook which has recently had an update too.  One of the greatest advantages to BigOven is it goes everywhere with you since it is internet based.  You can sign up for a free version that is definitely sufficient for the everyday cook.  But if you want to use all the fantastic features you will soon find yourself upgrading toRead More →

If I only had one cookbook in my library it would be “Timing is Everything by Jack Piccolo”.  There are no pictures and it doesn’t really have any recipes but it’s the best cookbook around for reference.  Want to know how long to cook the tuna in my “Drunkin Yellow Fin Tuna” or the Beef Tenderloin in  “Beef Tenderloin, Port Mushroom Gravy and Red Potatoes –  Date Night Dinner”. Just turn to the appropriate meat section in the cookbook and look it up.  Tuna is considered a meaty fish found in the, of course, Fish Section.  Then it breaks down in the cooking methods of braise,Read More →

09/20/2014:  MasterCook now has a Cookbooks Store where you can get a choice of three cookbooks and two other cookbooks that are nominally priced.  I look forward to seeing more additions to the selection. Students and Teachers for a limited time can MasterCook for free.  Lucky them. MasterCook now has their own Blog.  This may be a good starting point to see if MasterCook is the cooking application for you. 09/03/2013:  The following is a recap of news directly from MasterCook about their updates.  I did receive a message from one of my readers who was concerned that they had to pay to use MasterCookRead More →