The Simple Spatula

Category: Beef

Meatballs

On Saturday I cooked a real meal. From start to finish. I didn’t just steam vegetables or eat a hardboiled egg while standing at the kitchen counter. Instead, I chopped herbs, turned bread into bread crumbs, and ground pork and beef. I popped the tops off several jars of home-canned tomatoes and chicken stock. Both [...]

For that Thanksgiving turkey.

The past few weeks I’ve had this nagging feeling that I have to start using up the food in my freezer. Not because there is too much food in it — although I could open a bakery with all the bread in there and I may have stuffed a duck carcass in the back when [...]

Brisket and "Goop"

Everyone has a few household items or foods that they call by an odd name. Maybe it originally descended from a family member who speaks another language or maybe one day someone was at a loss for words and just made one up that stuck. Whatever the reason, the words become a natural, integrated part [...]

April Daring Cook’s Challenge – New Brunswick Stew

Kitchen shears are my new favorite utensil. Why are they my new favorite utensil?  Well, I was having a wrestling match with a 3lb chicken and it was winning – until I remembered the kitchen shears. The beautiful, sleek, seriously sharp kitchen shears. They sliced right through those chicken bones with ease and grace as [...]