Hi, I’m Michael…

I’m writing about cooking and technology, though not necessarily in any related way.

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Norwegian Brunkake (from Recipes )
Dec 18, 2021
These are a traditional Norwegian cookie. I learned about them from Shirley Evenstad of Sons of Norway lodge 1-602 (Norsota). Shirley is also a world class practitioner of rosemåling, a Norwegian decorative painting style. Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 cup white sugar 2 tsp vanilla syrup (I substitute vanilla extract) 2 tbsp Golden Syrup 2 cups flour 1 tsp soda Combine butter, white sugar, vanilla sugar and syrup. Combine flour and soda, add and mix well. [Read More...]

Butterscotch Sauce (from Recipes )
Nov 7, 2021
This Butterscotch Sauce recipe is from Michael Ruhlman’s book “Ratio”. His writing on cooking is excellent and thrilling. Highly recommended. Ingredients 4 oz unsalted butter (1 stick) 8 oz dark brown sugar (I use whatever brown sugar is available) 8 oz cream 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp apple cider vinegar 1/2 tsp salt Method It tastes really good before adding the vanilla and vinegar. Try it. Then taste after and consider the difference. [Read More...]

Chicken Marsala (from Recipes )
Oct 16, 2021
Originally from Cook’s Illustrated. The best chicken marsala I have ever had. And the first recipe I ever made where I felt it was something I’d easily pay money for in a restaurant. The original recipe calls for pancetta and I substitute bacon because I don’t live in Italy. If the chicken breasts are huge (as they often are), it may make sense to slide them into thinner cutlets or pound them. [Read More...]

Traditional Scottish Shortbread (from Recipes )
Oct 16, 2021
Shortbread is very similar to Ruhlman’s “essence of cookie” that he discusses in his book Ratio. This is much better than Walker’s Shortbread. This recipe can be scaled up or down. Just keep the ratios consistent. NOTE: Caster Sugar can be created by pulsing granulated sugar in a food processor or blender. Ingredients 2 cups flour 2 sticks unsalted butter 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/2 tsp salt Butter a square baking pan (8x8 or 9x9) [Read More...]

Chicken Thighs with White Wine Cream Sauce (from Recipes )
Oct 16, 2021
Quick and delicious. (Can also be made with chicken breasts if you sear them as you would when starting Chicken Marsala). I found the original recipe here: https://www.thespruceeats.com/chicken-thighs-with-mushroom-and-wine-sauce-3061017 Also, the website The Spruce Eats has an amazing collection of recipes of all sorts. Definitely a good example of a successful food blog. Ingredients 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken thighs Salt, to taste Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced 1 clove garlic, minced 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (I use 2 tbsp) 1 cup chicken stock (can use water) 1/3 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup cream, or half-and-half 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley To make: [Read More...]

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