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Braised Pork Ribs

Tonight I needed to use some pork country style ribs I had in the fridge. Not knowing what to do, I browned them, then sauteed some onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Then I poured in a beer and some BBQ sauce and put them in the oven for a couple of hours. I am planning to serve them over egg noodles tossed with Rosemary butter. If they turn out, I'll take pics!

Thai Chicken Pizza

Saturday night dinner. Hmmmm.
I had already tackled fennel soup and I wasn't feeling very productive. As I have many times in the past, I turned to food blogs for inspiration, and I found it. One of my favorite blogs is the King Arthur baking blog. They posted a recipe for homemade Thai Chicken Pizza. I didn't have any peanut sauce on hand, so I googled it and frankensteined together a batch using peanut butter, soy sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar and some hot water. I used my usual crust recipe and topped it with the sauce, marinated cooked chicken breast (fish sauce, lemon juice and sriracha sauce), chopped scallions and mozzarella cheese.
It turned out delicious! Plus, I have sauce leftover for noodles one night this week.
Unfortunately, I didn't take pics, but I will next time!

Fennel Soup, Take 2

Oh boy, was this ever good! I made a few substitions, but this soup is definitely good and will be made again.

Jill's original recipe called for chicken fat, which I didn't have so I used olive oil, and also fennel seed, which I didn't have, so I left it out. I didn't have sour cream to garnish, so I used home made yogurt. The result was nice and tangy.

The soup tasted like really creamy potato soup, but slightly sweeter. But I like the fact that the fennel didn't dominate. It was more like a light touch right at the end.

You really need to try this soup! Thanks again, Jill. I can't say it often enough, everyone should go and dink around on Jill's site, Simple Daily Recipes. You're sure to come away with some inspiration for dinner!

Fennel Soup

Yes! It's the long awaited guest post from Jill over at Simple Daily Recipes! Actually, she wrote it and got it to me about a month ago. I'm the slacker who hasn't had time to try the recipe and post about it until now.
Jill is one of those types of cooks I want to be when I grow up. She moves effortlessly between good ole down home comfort food and really sophisticated techniques and ingredients. Plus- she's really good about posting to her blog everyday, and I'm so not like that.

Here's the fennel recipe she wrote for me. I challenged her to write a recipe that would make me love fennel. I don't like fennel. But I want to love fennel. It's so pretty and exotic looking.
Anyhoo- this is what she came up with, and there's a steaming batch of it simmering away on my stove top right now. I'll do a separate post on the results.

So- take it away, Jill!

FENNEL SOUP

Just so you know, I've never eaten fennel in my entire life. So when Mimi chal…

Fennel: A Haiku

Green and Leafy Orb;
Taunt me with your frilly fronds.
Licorice is gross.

MWA 2/2010


This came to my while I was rubbing shea butter on my feet this morning. Sometimes you just can't control the muse...