Fried Polenta with Egg and Root Vegetable Casserole

A night or two before this meal, I prepared a large batch of polenta. It was my first time cooking polenta. I’d purchased the cornmeal on a whim at Monterey Market. While I enjoyed the polenta as “grits” (served with an onion/garlic relish and some cheddar and blue cheese), I enjoyed this meal considerably more.… Continue reading Fried Polenta with Egg and Root Vegetable Casserole

Cheese Fries (Late night snack)

A few nights ago, I attended the Long Bar Saloon on San Pablo in Berkeley. I enjoyed two cocktails – the “Dirty¬†Camping Mule” and the “Alta California Territory” (the latter of which included a quite tasty green chile vodka from a distillery in Alameda) – and¬†upon returning home, decided to complete my evening with a… Continue reading Cheese Fries (Late night snack)

Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

As mentioned in another post, I’ve recently become fascinated with baking. In fact, I sometimes feel in moments of existential uncertainty that I’d be happiest working in a bakery. I baked 12 blueberry muffins. Some ended up better than others. The muffin below was quite photogenic. I based my recipe on the one provided in… Continue reading Blueberry Muffins with Streusel Topping

Penne Carbonara with Bacon, Diced Tomatoes, and Broccoli

I’ve never been a big fan of canned pasta sauces. Within the last year or so, I feel that I’ve greatly improved at preparing a couple variations of white pasta sauce, including a classic Alfredo, a mac and cheese sauce, and Carbonara. Ingredients: Bacon Broccoli Penne pasta Diced tomato Garlic Sauce: heavy whipping cream (milk… Continue reading Penne Carbonara with Bacon, Diced Tomatoes, and Broccoli

Butternut Squash Chili

As a general rule, I prefer meatless but hearty chili. This chili contained: Black beans (1 can) Sliced carrots Butternut squash Onion Garlic Habanero pepper Corn Assorted spices (cumin, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, a dash of cinnamon, salt, pepper) Garnishes: avocado, grated cheese, sour cream I roasted the butternut squash in the oven at approximately… Continue reading Butternut Squash Chili