Teeny Tiny Kitchen

In order to view this page you need Flash Player 9+ support!

Get Adobe Flash player





my foodgawker gallery


Dinner
Homemade (No-Mayo) Ranch Dressing PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Saturday, 14 March 2015 16:58

 

 

When we were first dating, Jedd and I could talk for hours about things we loved and disliked.

 

We both love the Beatles and Rolling Stones.

 

We both dislike mayonnaise.

 

Those two topics could keep us chatting for hours after work, over a pint of beer.

 

(More music than mayonnaise though. You can only riff on mayo for so long.)

 

And while it's obvious why we both still love the Fab Four, it's less clear to me is why the thought of eggs and oil make us collectively so squeamish.

 

At some point, I'm going to make some from scratch just so we can get over it.

 

Until then, this delicious ranch dressing is going to be made with a sour cream base.

 

This is one of those recipes that begs to be customized. Throw some paprika in, or dried oregano. Mix it with some cooked bacon or parmesan.

 

Try it with Buffalo wings or just on a salad. You're going to love it.

Read more...
 
Blackened Chicken and Wild Rice Soup PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:11

 

 

If you're in the mood for a slightly spicy soup and you have some leftover chicken, this is the meal for you. It's loaded with blackening spice, wild rice, chicken and vegetables.

 

It's a most excellent little soup on a cold day, when you want a really simple meal to warm you from your head to your toes.

 

Read more...
 
Herbed Lasagna with Oregano Puree PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 19:29

 

 

There are two ways you can make this dish: The easy way or the fun way.

 

Of course to me, “fun” sometimes means taking a couple hours to make it from start to finish.

 

But - in defense of my insanity – I received a pasta roller for my birthday last week.

 

A gorgeous, red pasta roller.

 

Oh, and for Christmas Jedd surprised me with a homemade pasta drying rack.

 

A wonderful handmade pasta drying rack.

 

I promptly burst into tears when I unwrapped it.

 

(Again, in my weird defense it has been a rough holiday season. My grandmother has been really ill, and it was difficult to feel the “holiday spirit.” It was a very un-Christmas-like Christmas. So, seeing the love and work that Jedd put into that pasta rack made me cry the happy tears.)

 

At any rate, I was feeling like I needed a project on a cold and windy Monday. So I decided to make lasagna completely from scratch.

 

And this was definitely a “project.” However, it was soothing – and at times pretty funny – because we have a small space. At one point between the sauce, the hanging noodles, the large pot of boiling water and trying to balance the lasagna pan on the toaster and microwave, I definitely got the giggles.

 

If you decide to use pasta from a box, it will be much easier.

 

However, I loved the herby homemade lasagna noodles and Jedd raved about the silky texture of both the noodles and the sauce. Also, for someone who loves to cook, one of the best smells in the world is a cheese sauce bubbling away on the stove top.

 

The one thing that is actually easy as pie, though, is the oregano puree. It comes together in seconds, and I want to eat in on everything.

 

Everything.

 

Playing with new toys? Check. A hearty meal? Check.

 

It was a lovely way to spend a cold afternoon.

 

Read more...
 
Barley and Endive Salad with Parsley Pesto PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Thursday, 11 December 2014 15:39

 

 

My father-in-law is vegan, and he eats a decent amount of tofu. In fact, I never really enjoyed tofu until he made me his signature dish.

 

He mixes together a mean stir-fry of tofu, broccoli, onions, chili oil, and he uses garlic so judiciously that I don't even know it's there.

 

How awesome is that?

 

And I like to make him little meals to give him the night off from cooking occasionally.

 

This meal came about when I was craving barley for lunch and I decided to make a huge barley salad with enough leftover to send out to him.

 

Barley may seem like a slightly odd thing to crave, but it's been more and more on my mind - and on my plate. It's ridiculously good for you, and it's filling.

 

Oh, and it's inexpensive.

 

Also because it's December, endive seemed like an appropriate addition. Add some cherry tomatoes for color, a whole lot of herbs – and hello, pretty and healthy salad!

 

My father-in-law is fairly low-key kind of guy, so when my husband came home from the salad delivery and said that his father “loved it,” well, I felt like I'd won a Nobel prize.

 

“So, your Dad liked it?”

 

“No Launie, he loved it.”

 

“Holy macaroni.”

 

Read more...
 
Spinach Stuffed Pork with Horseradish Cream PDF Print Write e-mail
Written by Launie Kettler   
Monday, 24 November 2014 13:51

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, my mother and I decided that we'd go a little off the beaten path when it came to Thanksgiving this year. We thought we'd mix it up with some new recipes.

 

That was the plan.

 

And then on Tuesday my father said he needed turkey on Thanksgiving. Well, that seemed reasonable. Then my mother and I said that we needed stuffing. My mother asked Jedd what dish he needed for Thanksgiving to feel like Thanksgiving, and he said mashed potatoes.

 

My mother and I looked at each other and burst out laughing.

 

A traditional Thanksgiving, it will be!

 

But way back when – on Monday – when I thought we'd be trying something new, this was going to be my suggestion.

 

Stuffed pork. Mmmm.

 

However, since I couldn't make it for the holiday, I decided to make it just for us. Why not?

 

The most difficult thing about it was pounding the meat out evenly.

 

And any recipe where the most “difficult” thing is pounding out meat – isn't really difficult at all. Also, it's delicious and pretty.

 

I'm a sucker for pretty.

Read more...
 
<< Start < prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next > End >>

Page 1 of 21
copyright.jpg
Website Hosted by Champlain Host