Meat and Potatoes

Sometimes in my quest for new recipes I forget to return to the basics.  Last night was not one of those times. There’s just nothing like a rare ribeye, and a loaded baked potato.  Meat and starch go so well together.  To add a little veggie to the mix I added steamed and then sautéed broccoli…

Baked Egg in Avocado

Who would have thought that two of my favorite flavors in the world, egg and avocado, would go so well together?  The recipe is straightforward.  Put your egg in the avocado where the seed would have been (hollowed out a little more to fit the egg), and then put the whole shootin’ match on a…

Cherry Tomato and Parmesan Quinoa

Before going to work on Friday, I took a nice, thick pork chop out of the freezer and put it in the fridge to thaw.  I hadn’t actually planned what I was going to eat with it.  That is until I spied some week old cherry tomatoes on the counter; I decided to take care of…

Lard-Fried Chicken

Hey, Larda**! Chow down, wide load! Anybody who has seen “Stand By Me” will remember the above line.  Interestingly, as three white blocks of rendered pork lard were liquefying in my frying pan, the chant “Larda**, Larda**, Larda**!” did enter my mind.  However, instead of it being a taunt, it was all about self-satisfaction.  I had never…

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

This may be an effort to keep myself entertained but I’ve decided that I’ll blog as many interesting meals as I can while the girls are out.  The NH kitchen tends to become a bit of a test kitchen when I am a bachelor so I’ll let you know how that goes. Tonight’s dinner was…

Chicken and Dumplings or Chicken ‘n Dumplins

Growing up in Nebraska I always loved chicken and dumplings.  My dumpling world was limited to the ones Mom made, however.  If I recall correctly, these were dumplings made with Bisquick.  They were delicious and a personal favorite but they are considerably different than the ones you’ll find on order in Texas.  Mom’s were pillowy…

Cinderella Princess Cake

I put a lot of effort into blog posts on music and travel.  Still, the post on the Minnie Mouse cake continues to be the most visited post on this blog.  I could be upset but instead I’m happy to ride the coattails of my wife’s baking ability on the way to more site visits….

Pizza or Pakistan?

I didn’t choose; the Pakistani Embassy in Prague chose for me.  I didn’t get a visa to visit Pakistan in time so I did what any smart man would do.  I stayed home and cooked.  From Friday night through Sunday night Mrs. NH and I made/ate/froze: 2 Pizza Margheritas 14 doughs for pizza crust 1…

A Perfect Day in San Sebastian – Part 2

“Siesta” marks a huge split in the day in Spain.  I have been told that for those Spaniards in the corporate world, it is a thing of the past.  However, in the small hill towns of La Rioja and even the winding back streets of “La Parte Vieja” of San Sebastian, it is still very…

A Perfect Day in San Sebastian – Part 1

Sundays in Spain are pretty hard to beat.  One can choose church in the morning or, if you were like us, opt to let your 4 year old and 8 month old sleep in after a typically late Spanish Saturday night.  The majority of the morning was rainy and gray so we hunkered down until…

Patatas Alioli

Spanish cooking is very traditional fare.  Unlike other European cultures, there is not a prevalence of foreign foods on offer in the bustling cities of Spain.  There are exceptions, of course.   If one looks hard enough, you can find a smattering of Japanese, pizza and even burger places.  However, the preponderance of cuisine in Spain…

Lemme Show You My Mussels

Had to get it started somewhere.  These were just a lunch portion on a considerably screamy day for NH2.  We still managed to enjoy ourselves just down the road from Brela.  Lots more seafood to come.

Sun Chips, etc.

Little NH2 had us up a good part of the night.  She wasn’t happy with something and as a result, we didn’t sleep a lot.  However, Mrs. NH is now taking a nap (I can’t sleep) and Little NH2 is dozing right next to me.  Little NH just got home from church with her Grandmother…

Fresh Penne Train Wreck

“I gotta go get the camera!” “You’re not going to blog this, are you?” “Sure, you can blog your failures, too.  Besides, it’s so lame it’s kinda funny.” “Yeah, it is.” This was the conversation Mrs. NH and I had as we were peeling apart once beautiful fresh penne (pictured above) that had become stuck…