Category Archives: My Kitchen

Grilling in Daly City

My guilty pleasure: Watching David Rocco’s Dolce Vita on the Cooking Network. I wish I could visit all those beautiful Italian wineries, markets and food spots. He makes life look sweet and easy in Florence.

Sometimes, his cutaway shots show the Duomo. It reminds me of my short weekend trip to Italy. It felt wonderful to take communion inside this epic cathedral.

His weekend in Chianti inspired me to try farro for risotto.
Farro Risotto Al Chianti

We also wanted to do some grilling yesterday. Farro Risotto Al Chianti paired nicely with these yummy rib-eye steaks.

Steak, herb butter and asparagus
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Bread Journal: Rosemary Bread

“Be scientific about it.”
My husband’s advice to me when I screwed up my first attempt at baking bread Monday.

This was my second attempt.
Rosemary Bread
I added fresh rosemary to my dough. My kitchen smelled amazing. My oven was so hot that it triggered the stovetop fan. It didn’t stop airing everything out until the oven cooled down a bit.

Mark said I should document my bread baking attempts. He said it may help me be more consistent with my quest for homemade bread.

Why not?
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Mustard Salmon

My hubby’s request for dinner: fish and rice. I think we needed something light. We spent the last couple of nights dining out.

I love the “French in a Flash” column on Serious Eats. Kerry Saretsky has great ideas for simple, elegant dishes.

So – I decided to try out her mustard salmon and asparagus recipe.

#kvpkitchen Mustard Salmon with crème fraîche & asparagus. YUM! I added rice. #foodspotting
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Adobo Chicken and Bacon

I found my new favorite recipe for adobo thanks to Top Chef winner Paul Qui.
I found his recipe in a Food and Wine article about his late-night eating habits. He always makes a yummy dinner for his fiancée, even if he comes home after midnight.

Adobo Chicken and Bacon
I love that he added bacon to his adobo dish.

Ginger Rice and Adobo Chicken with Bacon
Qui pairs his adobo with ginger rice. The sharp ginger flavor surprised and worried my hubby at the dinner table. After a few more bites, we agreed that the ginger flavors hit all the right notes with the chicken and bacon.

Mark also said he missed my family’s version of adobo chicken when the meat falls off the bone. So – I think I need to cook the chicken longer in Qui’s mix of white soy, fish sauce and chicken broth. The longer cooking time should make the chicken more tender.

#kvpinmybelly : YUM! @pqui 's #Adobo chicken and #bacon. Pairs nicely with ginger rice. Savory, juicy and my new favorite adobo recipe #foodspotting
Bottom line: a classy upgrade to my family’s comfort food.

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Spicy Mac and Cheese

I started craving homemade macaroni and cheese after watching “Cooking for Real” on the Cooking Channel.

Cayenne pepper and dry mustard looked like tasty additions to Sunny Anderson’s Spicy Macaroni and Cheese.
Cruotons for Mac and Cheese!
I also liked cutting up bread for a toasty topping of croutons.

I added some healthy twists thanks to viewer comments on the recipe. I cut out eight ounces of cheese. I used light sour cream and half-and-half. I also swapped out a cup of elbow macaroni for cauliflower.
Spicy Mac and Cheese
The results: a cheesy dinner with a smoky, spicy kick. My hubby liked it and was pleasantly surprised by the cauliflower. He liked how it soaked up the cheese and cream. He also thought I used too much cheese. So, I’ll probably cut out more, next time.

I liked this dish better the next day. I thought the pasta and cauliflower packed more flavor as leftovers.

What are your favorite leftovers?

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