Month: October 2008

the liquid side

A Sweet Red: Charlemagne

So in my post Watermelon Wine, I had mentioned that while I had been less than enthusied by the watermelon wine, I had not come away empty handed from Davenport Orchards & Winery on Sunday.  That’s because I found a new sweet red: Charlemagne. I had to try more than one wine.  Far be it […]

$7 Dinner Challenge

The $7 Dinner Challenge Part 2

Okay, here is my second entry in  Cate and Sarah‘s $7 Dinner Challenge.  If you have not heard of the $7 Dinner Challenge, these two amazing food bloggers have challenged the rest of us to create a  two-course meal for four including a full serving of vegetables for just $7 total. So for today: Pea and Potato Burritos […]

the liquid side

Watermelon Wine

Today, I stopped by Davenport Orchards & Winery today to pick up a few bottles of locally produced wine. I owe a lot of Davenport.  It is the first winery tour I ever took and strangely enough, I think I still have a bottle of apple wine I purchased that day stored in my under […]

reviews, vegan, vegetarian

Fried Artichokes

So at some urging from Judy, here is my recipe for fried artichokes, which  was heavily inspired by the same dish at La Bodega in Kansas City, MO.  It is the perfect combination of salt from the “ham” and sweet from the garlic vegannaise. Fried Artichokes 8 large artichokes 3 tablespoons corn starch 4 slices […]


The $7 Challenge

It’s hard economic times.  American families are watching their food budgets shrink as the price of just about everything else explodes. As Americans struggle to find creative ways to stretch their food dollar, Cate and Sarah have issued the $7 Dinner Challenge to us food bloggers: face what so many other Americans must every day […]


Happy World Bread Day!

Did you know that today is World Bread Day, a celebration of a food that is eaten by nearly every culture in the world? To celebrate the day, I decided to do what I always do when confronted with difficult baking questions: ask my wife for help.  She is the family baker and she pointed me […]

recipes, vegetarian

Pumpkin Baingan Bharta

Baingan Bharta is my third favorite Indian dish (after the Rucci fry at Rucci in Overland Park, KS) and Cauliflower Manchurian, also known as the greatest meal ever.  For those not familiar with the dish, baingan bharta is an eggplant curry made from ginger, garlic, chilies, and cilantro. But You Said Pumpkin That’s right.  Baingan […]


I Have Apples, Yes I Do!

So in a fit of what can only be called madness, I bought a bushel of apples.  Now, I must eat these apples… So I am going to start cooking apples…  Apple cakes, apple muffins, apple sauces, apple pies, apple main courses, apple sides. What I want from you all are suggestions…  Give me your […]