John's posts

Fig Newton Bars

Fig newtons are best homemade. This is best when figs are in season. This makes about 35-40 cookies. [more]

Homemade butterscotch pudding

Butterscotch has recently come back into vogue in high end restaurants. Here is how to make your own. If you don’t mind a little bit of stirring, this is an easy dessert to make. Serves: 6-10 Total … [more]

Harissa sauce

Harissa is a Moroccan condiment that is easy to prepare and goes great with vegetables and grilled meats. Yields aprox: 1.5 cups [more]

Homemade pita bread

Homemade pita bread is both fun and easy. This recipe will fill your home with the smell of homemade bread. Be warned once you try this your family will never accept store bought again. Makes 6 large … [more]

Super moist cornbread

This is a simple, basic cornbread recipe. It is cooked traditionally in a well-seasoned cast iron pan to produce a nice caramelized crust and a super moist cake like inside. This is a richer and more … [more]

Vietnamese tofu soup

This is a simplified version of A Vietnamese Canh chua (sour soup) . A great light soup for a multi-course meal. Serves: 4 [more]

Ginger scented monkfish wrapped in banana leaves

I first tried this in the restaurant I worked in and it became a favorite on the menu. It is very simple and don’t be afraid to try this at home. Note that the marination makes it taste a lot … [more]

Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

This simple soup brings out the true character of the squash. It has a nice rustic texture. This serves about 4. [more]

Saffron risotto

This is a good simple risotto recipe. It goes particulaly well with Ossobuco alla Milanese . Serves about 4 [more]

Ossobuco alla Milanese

This is a traditional ossobuco recipe, but with a French twist. Although the Pernod liqueur appears to be a strong flavor, it mellows in the oven and blends in to create richness that makes this dish … [more]