Validating my cookbook collection, one damn recipe at at a time

The Recipe Project

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 […]

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. […]

6: Dinner: A Love Story — Grandma Jody’s Chicken

6: Dinner: A Love Story — Grandma Jody’s Chicken

They say that you hurt the ones you love the most. It stands to reason, by that token, that it’s the ones you love the most that will hurt you in return. I had an amazing apple fritter this morning (Sunday, as I write this), […]

5: Cookin’ in de Keuken — Poffertjies

5: Cookin’ in de Keuken — Poffertjies

There might be an overall shift in my tone and cursing frequency this week, because I’m going a tad sentimental on ya. It was recently the 20 year anniversary of my father’s death. We lost him to cancer July 31st 1998, just months shy of […]

4: Food With Friends — Beet-Pickled Eggs

4: Food With Friends — Beet-Pickled Eggs

Friends, you might suspect that you’re an insufferable hipster foodie. You might even fear that you’re an insufferable hipster foodie. Or you might find yourself photographing a large jar of beet-pickled eggs for your food blog, artfully arranging the cookbook you used in the background… […]