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14: Tarragon French Roast Chicken — How to Eat

14: Tarragon French Roast Chicken — How to Eat

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side. It was only this year that it was brought to my attention that the joke doesn’t have a mere “duh” punchline; that the chicken was crossing the road in order to get […]

13: Ritz Cookies — Milk Bar Life

13: Ritz Cookies — Milk Bar Life

Hello. I suppose I have some explaining to do. The short version is “Hi, I’m back!” Here’s the long version: (Yes, I’ve put my rambling shit in video form in the interest of keeping my posts more succinct.) The Assignment: Ritz Cookies from Milk Bar […]

12: Filipino Chicken Adobo Over Fresh Greens — Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier

12: Filipino Chicken Adobo Over Fresh Greens — Cooking with Les Dames D’Escoffier

Are Les Dames D’Escoffier: a) “a girl group and dance ensemble, founded as a burlesque troupe with a repertoire of 1950s and 1960s popular music standards while dressed in lingerie or old-fashioned pin-up costumes” b) “three women working in a private detective agency in Paris, recruited to work for L’Agence de Charles Townsend as private investigators” c) “a […]

11: Bibimbaffle — Will it Waffle?

11: Bibimbaffle — Will it Waffle?

This post begins with more than a healthy dose of skepticism. Why? Because I don’t believe it will. I want to believe. BUT I DON’T BELIEVE IT. You see, I got burned by those “just take shredded hash browns and press them in a waffle […]

10: Turkish-Style Eggplant & Lentils with Garlic Yogurt — Forking Fantastic!

10: Turkish-Style Eggplant & Lentils with Garlic Yogurt — Forking Fantastic!

Lesson of the week: Read the recipe thoroughly first. To appropriately quote The Good Place (YAY SEASON 3 IS HERE), “Holy motherforking shirtballs.” Not sure how many times I’m going to need to learn this the hard way, but here we are again. And once […]

OFF WEEK: Don’t Worry, There’s a Good Reason

OFF WEEK: Don’t Worry, There’s a Good Reason

Y’all, I cheated on my blog assignment this week. I’m supposed to be making stuff using my cookbook collection every weekend, but this weekend, I went ahead and cooked exclusively using online recipes and/or dishes I flat out made up myself. Why? Why didn’t I […]

9: How to Cook Everything — Cold Poached Salmon with Lime-Ginger Sauce

9: How to Cook Everything — Cold Poached Salmon with Lime-Ginger Sauce

During the summer — especially the never-ending tail end of it which has left you drained and dreaming of jacket weather, a.k.a. now — my food preference distills down to pretty much a single phrase: “I wonder if this is good cold.” Since last week’s […]

8: The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook — Summery Zucchini-Lemon Soup

8: The Santa Monica Farmers’ Market Cookbook — Summery Zucchini-Lemon Soup

It’s hard to get motivated to cook when it’s a million degrees outside, but here we are, folks. Let’s slot this one in the W column for the week (not so fast, Chicago Bears) and dig into the goods… The Assignment: Summery Zucchini-Lemon Soup from […]

7: Appetites — Macaroni and Cheese

7: Appetites — Macaroni and Cheese

“Quit dicking around, DeRuyck, and make with the recipes!” Alright! Alright! Let’s get back into it! This week’s recipe has sentimental value because the writer of this cookbook was a bit of a hero and idol of mine. He still is; I shouldn’t say was. […]

ODR Updates: Shorter Posts, Social Media Boom & More

ODR Updates: Shorter Posts, Social Media Boom & More

Just a heads-up on a few new developments that have recently been made in the One Damn Recipe world… ODR now has an official Instagram feed — click here to follow onedamnrecipe! (I created the account a couple weeks back because I didn’t want anyone […]