23 Mar

Recipe: Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Cream

A few years back, KB was invited to do a segment of Holiday Favorites on a local television show. Even better, the camera crew came to visit us at our space in the North Loop of Minneapolis. We were anticipating one of those gray and blustery Minnesota weekends, so, Scalloped Potatoes with Ham and Cream…

31 Jan

Seared Scallops on Poached Asparagus, served with a soy, ginger and maple glaze

Many years ago, we visited Nobu, Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s watershed Japanese restaurant in Los Angeles. Of course, the evening was awesome and our lingering memory is that of the asparagus dish. The beautiful, alternating rows of perfectly prepared and stacked asparagus were as much a work of art as they were tasty. The visual stuck with us…

30 Jan

Vietnamese Affogato

This has become one of our go-to, tasty options for something quick and sweet after dinner. Traditional affogato is a few shots of Italian espresso poured over vanilla ice cream. Quick stir and demitasse spoon are all that’s needed. Yum. We’ve taken the idea and added a few twists. Vietnamese coffee has a spectacular flavor…

27 Jan

Chili con Queso

Or is it Queso Fundido? Or, maybe just straight-up Queso? Around Cooks, we just call it “Queso — When is it ready??” or “Queso — Where did it all go??!” To be totally transparent, this is one of those recipes where you shouldn’t focus on what it is, rather, how it tastes. Yup, it’s made with Velveeta….

6 Jan

Asian Slaw

This is another of those recipes that KB’s been making for so long, he can barely remember the inspiration. A traditional coleslaw missed the mark when he tried pairing it with coconut-marinated grilled chicken. So that miss was the motivation for coming up with something a bit more Asian. This “slaw” is made with napa cabbage, radicchio,…

26 Dec

The Absolute Best Chicken Recipe Ever!

We absolutely love the umami goodness of fish sauce. Well, to take it a step further … we pretty much love all the cuisines of Southeast Asia. Fresh herbs, hot peppers, coconut milk, tons of veggies, easy proteins with inexpensive cuts. Grilling, braising, fresh, stewed. You name it. Our copies of Jeff Alford and Naomi…

4 Dec

Crab Cakes

We love, love, love them. Particularly when we make them at home. Why? Because we manage all the steps and we can make them the way we like — the simpler the better. The quicker the fry the better. The less breadcrumb filling the better. The more crab the better. The FRESHER the crab THE…

22 Nov

LIGHT-SMOKED, APPLE CIDER-BRINED TURKEY

APPLE CIDER BRINE 4 quarts apple cider 1 ó cups kosher salt ó bag of Cooks’ Goods and Goodies Mulling Spice. More to taste. 4 quarts cold water 1 20-pound turkey (neck and gizzard reserved) DAY 1 Simmer 1 quart of the apple cider with the spice for about 10 minutes to infuse the cider…

15 Oct

Seasonal Fruit Crisp

Marie makes the best fruit crisps. Admittedly, crisps are not difficult to whip up, but whatever Marie creates makes my head and heart swoon, and this isn’t limited to just crisps. I don’t even like sweets, but this warm heap of heaven in a bowl makes me dream of opening a cafe that only serves…