Author: Brian Child

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Quick Roasted Red Pepper Sauce As I get older in life I find myself gravitating to really good, yet simple food. While I say simple – I don’t mean to say bland. I mean very well seasoned food that is accompanied by condiments or sauces that enhance the beauty of the well cooked food. I love Spanish cooking and I love grilled foods. In my mind there are few foods that go better together than a rustic, ruddy-hued all-purposed sauce from Catalonia than wish grilled fish, poultry, and vegetables. In northeastern Spain eating the seasonal grilled onions called cal├žots...

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Roasted Mushrooms with Parmesan and Pine Nuts

Roasted Mushrooms with Parmesan and Pine Nuts Roasted Mushrooms with Parmesan and Pine Nuts In March I was watching the America’s Test Kitchen, and they demonstrated a new recipe for roasted mushrooms. I was about to delete the episode, until they introduced a new technique of using a brine for the mushrooms. I was a little taken back, as we are all told from an early age in kitchens to not wash the mushrooms as it will water log them and destroy their delicate texture. This is to ensure they stay moist and are evenly seasoned during the roasting period.  The...

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Pan Seared Chicken Breast

In my opinion there are few things as perfect a a perfectly cooked pan seared chicken breast. When done properly it has a crisp and flavorful skin that packs enough savory punch you will want to slap your Grandma. Now, we do not condone Grandma slapping – it’s from a song from Trace Adkins and this term has kind have taken off in the South. However, I digress. We were talking about chicken were we not? Yes, Perfect Pan Seared Chicken. The challenge for new cooks is the ability to be consistent with results. What I have found that...

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Margarita the Perfect Unleaded Mocktail

The Perfect Unleaded Margarita Cinco de Mayo rolls around each year, and it involves margaritas and Mexican food. Since the 5th of May only falls on the weekend about 28.6% (repeating of course) of the time, you and I are in luck! This version is perfectly designed to allow us all to go to work on the 6th safe and sound. Now, mind you can make this on the 6th or on the weekend and use the leaded version if you so desire. This recipe is for one margarita, there is nothing stopping you from scaling it and making...

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Pressure Cooker Opening Methods

Pressure Cooker Opening Methods Did you know there are more than one way to open a pressure cooker? Did you also know that each way has an impact on what is cooking inside? Some methods work for a stove-top pressure cooker that might not be appropriate for an electric version. We would like to share the “how’s” for each of the particular opening methods for pressure cookers to help you get started and provide the “why’s” so you can sharpen your pressure cooking skills. Method NameSpeedProcedureElectricStovetop Cold-Water QuickFastestMove pressure cooker to the sink and pour cold water on the...

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