Rice Cakes

Fried Eggs On Rice Cakes

Rice Cakes On The Griddle

Ever since high school, I’ve loved these rice cakes.  This is a great, tasty way to use up leftover rice.  Or, the rice left over from take-out.  Over the years, these rice cakes have been made in a variety of ways.  Herbs and spices vary depending on what is available.  And, a diced, sautéed onion makes a lovely addition.  If you’re short on grated cheese, toasted bread crumbs can be thrown in to make up the difference.  Or, use a blend of cheeses.

These were quite nice with their spicy bite of pepper and nutmeg.  But, next time, I’ll probably use two eggs for this quantity of rice.  These were a bit egg-y for my taste.

Rice Cakes
makes about 6

3 cups leftover rice
3 eggs
1/2 cup parmesan, finely grated
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
heaping 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Let sit for about 5 minutes.  Then, heat up the griddle and form little balls or patties.  Place on buttered griddle over moderate heat and allow each side to get crispy and golden brown.

Top a crispy, fried rice cake with an egg for a quick and easy breakfast or lunch.

My Best Blueberry Crumble of 2015

Blueberries are one of my all-time favorite foods on the planet.  They’re one of my weaknesses.  If I see blueberries, I must buy them.  So, how could I possibly resist a two pound box of perfectly ripe berries?  But, blueberries are tricky.  Just because they’re perfectly ripe, that doesn’t mean that they’ll be delicious.  Some are one dimensional.  Sweet or tart, that’s all she wrote.  Those blueberries are fine.  And, I’ll eat them.  But, it’s the other type of berry that always has me on the lookout.  Some very special blueberries have a gorgeous floral complexity that is hard to explain.  I’m not sure what it is.  Maybe there’s a hint of huckleberry hidden in there making them interesting.  Just like huckleberries, these gorgeous berries have a bit of crunch to them.  When you find these gorgeous berries with that quality of something special, you will know immediately.  Then, you’ll be hooked, too.

Blueberry Crumble
makes 1 giant casserole

2 pounds fresh blueberries, carefully washed
1/2 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon flour
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
juice of one lemon (one very juicy lemon)
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2-3/4 cup water (or blueberry juice)

4 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

In a small mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, cornstarch, and cinnamon.  Stir well to combine. Pour wet, washed blueberries into a large buttered casserole.  Sprinkle sugar mixture evenly over the top.  Sprinkle the juice of the lemon evenly over the top.  (If your lemon isn’t juicy, use the juice of one lemon plus an extra half)  Then, evenly pour the blueberry juice (or water) over the top.  Prepare topping in a small bowl.  Crumble over the top.

Sprinkle the top with extra oats, if you like.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes.

Baked Oatmeal With Strawberries

For me, nothing says fall like a bowl of something that has comfort food written all over it.  If that something has cinnamon in it, it’s even better.  Cool, brisk mornings are just begging for something to warm you from the inside out.  Start with a cup of cinnamon tea while this bakes.  And, follow that up with this simple and delicious baked oatmeal.  It’s warm, hearty, and super satisfying.

This dish requires just a minute of prep.  And, while it bakes.  You can prepare for your day.  By the time you’re ready to confront the new day, it’s breakfast time.

If you don’t have strawberries, throw on a few slices of apple or pear.

Baked Oatmeal
(With Coconut, Raisins, & Strawberries)
serves 2 generously

1 cup thick, barely rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla
heaping 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup applesauce
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup raisins
3-4 Tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the ingredients listed above.  For creamier oats add an extra 1/4 cup of milk (or water… or orange juice).  Pour into a small buttered baking dish or pie pan.  If desired, add sliced strawberries around the edges and a sprinkle or two of granola and/or extra oats on top.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.

…or until it reaches your desired texture.

Let it bake longer for a crispier top with dense oats.

Your Dekalb Farmers Market Oats Are The Best!

Best Oats

These oats are ready for their close up.

I’ve purchased a LOT of oats over the years.  And, these SUPER FRESH barely rolled oats from the Dekalb Farmers Market (Your Dekalb Farmers Market) are by far the best I’ve ever tasted.  Even better than the pricey Silver Palate Thick & Rough oats.  The Dekalb Farmers Market oats are rougher and thicker.  To top it off, they’re also pretty, very camera ready for beautiful dishes, and incredibly fresh (and delicious).  Due to their thickness, they remain firm and chewy in the best possible way.

Root Canal

It’s easy to fall in love with new flavors when you’re on vacation.  Then you go home and dream of those flavors and try to recreate them.  We love when we can bring those flavors home with us.  It turns every day life into another day on holiday when those flavors light up memories of those happy days.

And, as lovely as this root beer ale is all on its very own… we have other plans for this one.

Why are we drinking in the middle of the week?

No, someone did NOT have a root canal.  But, someone did go to the dentist.

I love my dentist… in a very Penny (from Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) way.  Have you seen that movie?  There’s this scene where they reminisce about things they aren’t going to miss.  Dodge says, “…going to the dentist”.  And, the dreamy, head in the clouds Penny says, “aww, Dr. Hoberman….” in a way that says she’ll miss him.  I completely get that.

I first had a root canal here.  And, this homemade version has a wicked kick.  One of these will end any productivity you hoped to achieve in your day.  So, it’s best to save this for an after dinner treat.  Subbing in a root beer ale for the soda takes it to the next level of never never land.  Next time, we might go back to the original version with an IBC root beer.  The sweetness of the root beer soda balances out the powerful kick of the absinthe.  We loved that.

But, then again, with every sip, our homemade version grew on us…

…a little bit more and more with each loopy sip.

Root Canal
makes 2

1 – 12 ounce bottle Not Your Father’s Root Beer Ale
2 ounces absinthe
crushed ice, to fill

Pour one ounce of absinthe into two chilled rocks glasses.  Divide root beer between the two glasses.  Fill with crushed ice.


Morehead City, NC

New tastes that you find on your travels are a great way to bring the vacation home with you.  One taste brings happy memories rushing back into our minds.

Banana French Toast Omlette

I love eggs.

Both as an ingredient and as a focal point.  Eggs are incredibly versatile.  Cooked each and every way, I love them.   Though, I am partial to a beautifully sunny side up egg.  Sometimes, you want to mix things up a bit.  Variety is the spice of life and all that.

Fluff up and whip the eggs until frothy.  That’s a great way to make scrambled eggs, too.  The resulting texture is light, fluffy, and tender.

Banana French Toast Omelette
makes 1

3 eggs
1 banana, ripe, mashed
1 Tablespoon flour
1/4 cup milk
1 Tablespoon maple syrup, or to taste
1 Tablespoon sugar
pinch cinnamon
1 teaspoon butter

Place butter in frying pan and place over low heat.  While butter melts, whip all remaining ingredients in a small mixing bowl until very light and fluffy.  Swirl butter around the pan.  Then add egg mixture.  Swirl the pan.  Let egg mixture firm up briefly before pressing cooked mixture inward with a spatula.  Swirl pan and displace egg mixture until it’s cooked about 80%. Then, roll into an omelette shape and let sit over low heat for a few seconds.  Then, plate.  Drizzle very lightly with additional maple syrup, if you so desire.

The first time I tried this, I made more of a scramble.  Not my prettiest plate of eggs by far, but, they were very tasty.  Also, as you can see, there was a bit of a maple syrup overload.

Then, I thought I might tidy up that hot mess a bit.  The second time, it’s still closer to a scramble than an omelette.  Even a touch overcooked, this plate of eggs were soft, tender, and tasty.  But, next time, I’ll tidy up that hot mess even more.

The experiments are still good eating.

New England Style Oyster Stew

Favorite soup… ever.


End of story.

Just one taste, it will be your favorite, too.

New England Style Oyster Stew
serves 4-6 generously

4 tablespoons butter
1 onion, finely minced
1 clove garlic
1 large stalk celery, finely minced
2 carrots, finely minced
1 large ripe tomato
2 heaping Tablespoons flour
1 potato, finely chopped
2 cups milk
1 cup fish stock
1 lb oysters (or more)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, or to taste

Saute onion in butter. Add garlic, celery, and carrots. Saute briefly.

Puree tomato. Add to dutch oven. Stir to combine. Add flour and 1 cup fish stock. (If you’d like a thinner broth, add fish stock until you reach the thickness you desire.)  Stir and simmer gently until it thickens. Then, add milk, oysters and spices. Simmer gently for 10-15 minutes.

Serve with oyster crackers.  Or, in a pinch Ritz crackers will do.

This would be delicious with a freshly baked biscuit, too.

Dark & Stormy With Spiced Rum

Make any day a holiday with one killer cocktail to share.

We’re always sharing our drinks.  Because, just like food, drinks always seem to taste better when someone else makes it.  Sometimes, one of us will steal an extra sip or two here or there.  But, it’s always fun to share a drink.  This way if we decide to go back for a second drink.  There’s no guilt.  We’re just sharing a drink.

…even if it is a cocktail built for two.

Dark & Stormy

One Drink To Share

3 ounces Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
3 ounces  Fresh Ginger Beer
juice of half a lime
lime wheel

In a tall glass filled with ice (approximately 40% full), combine all ingredients.  Stir very gently.  Garnish with lime wheel.


Hand Cut Noodles In Spicy Sauce

Five minutes here, a few minutes there…

It’s surprisingly easy to make your own noodles.  Less than 5 minutes to knead the dough, a brief rest, then cut your dough into strips or shape the dough into the noodle of your choice.  No effort is required to let them dry out for a bit.  The most time consuming task might just be bringing the water to a boil.  Next time, I’ll try boiling them in the broth.  Shredded vegetables make the sauce cook up in no time at all.

Less than an hour for a completely home cooked meal?  That’s a easy win.

Hand Cut Noodles In Spicy Sauce
makes 1 big bowl
(plenty for two to share)

1 cup AP flour
1 egg
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
splash of water, if needed

Knead dough.  Let rest.  Roll into thin sheets.  Slice into 1/4 inch thick noodles.  Let dry for several hours.  Then, boil in water briefly to cook.  Toss in toasted sesame oil.

Spicy Sauce

3 cups rich chicken stock
bok choy or Chinese cabbage, finely shredded
2 carrot, shredded
1 onion, cut into thin slices
2 stalk celery, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon five spice powder
3 Tablespoons soy
roasted or poached chicken, cut into pieces

Bring stock to a boil.  Add vegetables and pepper flakes.  Simmer until veggies are tender.  Add soy, to taste.  Add chicken.  Stir briefly.  Pour over noodles.  Drizzle with hot sesame oil or chili oil, if you like.

Devour immediately.

A Honey Bee & Bee’s Knees

It’s hot.

No, really, it’s HOT!  So, it’s time for my summer go-to drink.  What do you want in a summer cocktail?  I want ice and lots of it.  Also, it must be fresh, tart, barely sweet, and filled to the brim with a shocking amount of gin.  That a must-have to seal the deal.

It’s the bee’s knees.

Bee’s Knees
makes 2

4 ounces your favorite floral gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce honey syrup
2 lemon twists

In a mixing glass, combine gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup.  Add ice.  Stir to combine.  Divide between two chilled coupe glasses.  Add one lemon twist to each glass.



Equally refreshing and delicious… It’s the Honey Bee.

Honey Bee
makes 2

4 ounces rum
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce honey syrup
2 lemon curls
2 blueberries, freshly frozen

In a mixing glass, combine rum, lemon juice and honey syrup.  Add ice.  Stir to combine.  Divide between two chilled martini glasses.  Garnish each glass with one skewered blueberry.  Then, slide on the lemon curl.