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Zox Kitchen: January 11, 2013

Written by Alan Zox Friday, 11 January 2013 00:00

The Soubise Casserole: Risotto Made Easy 

Risotto is the delicious, creamy rice dish that I felt uncomfortable cooking for the first time after reading what seemed like a complicated recipe. I knew how good it could be but was off balance giving it a go. It’s a needy dish that requires lots of personal attention. Your worst nightmare is burning the rice while having your second glass of wine. You know that a well-prepared risotto may be the richest and tastiest dish you’ll ever eat.  But it always took too long to assemble so I usually prepped in advance so the dish could be on the table in less time. And then I discovered Soubise.

 

Zox Kitchen: January 4, 2013

Written by Alan Zox Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00

Essential Soups of the Season

Soup is one of those primordial foods, as basic and essential to eating well as learning to tie one’s shoes is to personal development. In the spirit of eating for purposes besides simple fuel, learning the basics of soup-making represents a first step towards enhancing the quality of our culinary lives with minimal effort. 

 

Zox Kitchen: January 4, 2013

Written by Alan Zox Friday, 04 January 2013 00:00

Essential Soups of the Season

Soup is one of those primordial foods, as basic and essential to eating well as learning to tie one’s shoes is to personal development. In the spirit of eating for purposes besides simple fuel, learning the basics of soup-making represents a first step towards enhancing the quality of our culinary lives with minimal effort. 

   

Zox Kitchen: December 28, 2012

Written by Alan Zox Friday, 28 December 2012 00:00

David Eyres Pancake

When it comes to culinary delights, some are more worthwhile to remember than others. Amanda Hesser, author of The Essential New York Times Cookbook, reminds us of the oven-baked David Eyres Pancake which, at more than 50 years old, is no less delicately appetizing than ever. Craig Claiborne first wrote about the Pancake in his New York Times food column upon returning from a trip to Hawaii in 1966. Imagine the islands in those days: the coral reefs were still alive and Waikiki was considered the jewel of the Pacific.

 

Zox Kitchen: December 21, 2012

Written by Alan Zox Friday, 21 December 2012 00:00

Christmas Eve Traditions

Tradition, and its accompanying nostalgia, is something for which we oftentimes pine. Yet we sometimes still complain about the demands placed on our time and the emotional energy that is required.  In the fast moving towns and cities where we live, we may seek to avoid these strains by living private lives apart from the past. Still tradition tugs at our heartstrings. This is most especially true around the holidays when special meals allow us a means to bridge this gap. Our appetites are awakened to old ways of doing things that draw us together, and connect us across generations and amongst family and friends. A notable example: Italians practice a holiday on Christmas Eve, which a growing number of Americans enjoy as well, called “Feast of the 7 Fishes.”

   

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