Chinese Take-out…..In (Pork and Chive Dumplings, Spam and Pineapple Fried Rice)

Monday, May 12, 2008

One thing that I pride myself on is knowing my limitations. There are many things that I do well. There are some things that I do very well. There are even a few things that I do exceedingly well. And, of course, there are quite a few things that I totally suck at and leave to the experts, like performing brain surgery or taking apart a carburetor. One of the things that falls in that vast grey area in between is Asian cooking. This is actually ironic because Asian food is one of my favorite things to eat. I’ve never met a noodle bowl that I didn’t love, a sushi roll that didn’t sing to me or a Thai curry that didn’t make me swoon! I don’t think that I can’t do it. I just never learned how. There are a some dishes that I’ve managed to master over the years, but not nearly as many as I’d like.
One of the best things about blogging is discovering other blogs written by all sorts of talented and creative cooks from all over the world. Whatever kind of cuisine you’re interested in, someone is out there blogging about it. This is particularly true of Asian food. Asian food blogs abound and the seemingly endless array of gorgeous and mouthwatering dishes is truly inspiring. I drool over many of them daily, and every so often, when I can find the required ingredients, I try to recreate some of the recipes.  read more >>

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Tax Relief: Bistec a lo Pobre (Poor Man’s Steak)

Tuesday, April 15, 200830 Comments


They say that there are only two things that are certain in this world: death and taxes. Neither of these are appealing options for most people, but if pressed, I’d have to choose taxes as the lesser evil. Since today is tax day …

The Holy Grail of Sweet Potatoes

Wednesday, November 21, 200722 Comments

I think I could live without any other dish at Thanksgiving dinner, as long as I have these Candied Sweet Potatoes. Sticky, gooey, creamy and chewy, they are truly the Holy Grail of sweet potatoes! It is my mother’s recipe and she has faithfully made it every year …

Stuffed Jacket Potatoes with Shepherd’s Pie Filling

Tuesday, October 30, 20072 Comments

“Pray for peace and grace and spiritual food,
For wisdom and guidance, for all these are good,
but don’t forget the potatoes.”

–John Tyler Pettee, ‘Prayer and Potatoes’

Who could forget potatoes? With over 7,500 known varieties, the potato is a mainstay in the …

Sweet Solitude and Caldo Verde, Tortilla Espanola and Buttermilk Panna Cotta

Monday, October 29, 20072 Comments

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

— …

Casa Italia’s Green Beans with Potatoes

Monday, October 15, 20072 Comments

I love to cook. That goes without saying. If I didn’t, you wouldn’t be sitting here reading this post, because I would be out doing something else instead of writing a food blog. But, let’s face it…..Sometimes, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to whip up your …

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Hello and welcome to SGCC! I’m Susan, a professional writer, food columnist, recipe developer, wife, mother, daughter and sister, who used to be a lawyer in a previous life. My love of food comes from a long line of wonderful and creative Italian home cooks who didn’t always have a lot, but knew how to make a lot out of what they had. I hope that you enjoy yourself while you’re here, and visit often! read more >>

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