Month: March 2009


Asian Braised Short Ribs

So, somehow this week has become braised week…but hey, braising leads to some really delicious food, so why not go with it?  Tonight you can make… Asian Braised Short Ribs Okay Cara…this one is for you! Short ribs are some of the most flavorful pieces of meat that you can get your hand on.  They […]


Chicken Taco Filling

Looking for something to do with your chicken? How about making Chicken Taco Filling This recipe restored my faith in slow cooked chicken.  It uses dark meat, in this case thighs, because they are juicer and they have better flavor than white meat.  As it turns out, this is one of my family’s favorite taco […]


How to Braise

Braising is two-step cooking process in which meat or vegetables are first cooked in a skillet to promote browning and then cooked in a flavorful liquid over a long period of time.  However, unlike stewing or poaching, the food is not totally submerged in the liquid. Cooks braise when they want to soften tougher cuts […]

Kansas City Cuisine, recipes

An Evening At Aixois

Recently I was honored to sit down with Chef Emmanual Langlade, head chef at Aixois French Bistro, near the Brookside area in Kanas City, MO.  For those who live outside Kansas City or have just not been, Aixois is an experience. It’s elegant, yet not ostentatious.  I could take my wife on a romantic date […]

recipes, techniques

Making Simple Syrup

I learned something important tonight. The ratio for making simple syrup is 2 to 1.  HOWEVER, it’s not 2 parts water to 1 part sugar.  Rather, it’s 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. Bring to a boil and then let cool. It was that kind of night! 🙂

reviews, vegan

Madness, March and Matt’s Munchies

If you’re looking for the giveaway, scroll down! 🙂 Okay, tomorrow starts perhaps the most impressive spectacle in sports: 64 teams, 1 goal.  That’s right, it’s college basketball championship time.  The Big Dance.  The Big Show.  The brackets.  The munchies. So while I’ve noted that basketball doesn’t really have it’s quintessential meal, it does have […]