Borough Market Cheese Toastie

Say “Cheese!” Borough Market Cheese Toastie Main Having returned from our London / Scotland holiday (trip report here), we were in the mood for the delicious Cheese Toastie we devoured at the Kappacasein Stall at the Borough Market in London on a previous trip.  We tried this sandwich on our first excursion to London in 2013.  Tom liked it more than I did, but I changed my mind after eating it again last month.                              Biting into the crunchy, toasted cheese goodness, I realized the addition of leeks and onions made for sheer perfection.  As you can see, Tom’s eating manners have not improved in the past four years. There’s a sign hanging over the Kappacasein stall (2017 Cheese Toastie … Read more…

Creamed Corn and Pancetta Orzo

Corn To Be Wild! Creamed Corn and Pancetta Orzo Main From the Tracy’s Kitchen archives, here is a recipe that I first came across in Bon Appétit magazine and it was our Recipe of the Year for 2008.  I have made this periodically over the years and had forgotten how delicious it is.  Of course, I had to amp it up with the addition of Pancetta (Pancetta could be one of my all-time favorite ingredients).  To save some time you can use a bag of frozen sweet corn, but freshly picked summer corn is hard to beat. We paired this with a BBQ Tri-Tip, an arugula salad and Skillet Corn Bread I made using Hatch Chiles.  I think some Strawberry … Read more…

Some Like It Hot Chicken Enchiladas with Hatch Chile Sauce

Scrumptious South Of The Border Enchiladas Some Like It Hot Chicken Enchiladas with Hatch Chile Sauce Main Tom Preface:  (About five years ago, when I was gainfully employed, I interviewed my friend Robert at Melissa’s Produce.  I asked him what was new, and he replied, “Well, it’s almost Hatch Chile season.” I didn’t have a clue what he was talking about.  Some reporter I was!  Robert went on to say that fresh Hatch chiles from New Mexico, grown in the Hatch Valley, were hitting retailers the second week of August. The season is a short one, and he was kind enough to provide us with a box.  They come in “mild” and “hot,” and, of course I went for the … Read more…

Black Bean Chipotle Chili with Steak

Some Like It (Really) Hot Chili Black Bean Chili Chipotle Chili with Steak Main This chili is our go-to meal when the frozen tundra of winter hits Southern California (or when the calendar says it is winter, otherwise how would we know? Seriously, it is supposed to be 80 later this week). I have listed the ingredients for those of you without a Trader Joe’s. For those of you with a Trader Joe’s, we use their Cuban Style Black Beans (with green peppers and garlic), Diced and Fire Roasted Tomatoes (with green chiles), the canned or the frozen Hatch chiles; and last, but not least, Trader Joe’s frozen garlic cubes and frozen trio of peppers.  It makes for such an … Read more…

Tom’s Perfect Pumpkin Tuscan Risotto

Italian Perfection Tom’s Perfect Pumpkin Tuscan Risotto Main Here is a recipe that Tom and I sent out with our Christmas cards in 2005 having deemed it “Tuscan Tom’s Recipe of the Year.”  We had just returned from a three-week vacation to Umbria, Tuscany, Venice, and Rome, so we were in an Italian state of mind.                               We made this again this past weekend, and it’s as good (or better) than we recalled and, more importantly, even worth the two-day effort of making it. Just a couple of notes about the rice, we have tried many brands, and it does make a difference.  If you are using Arborio rice, we like Ferrara or Beretta; for Vialone Nano we like Campanini brand.   … Read more…

Meat Loaf With A Kick

Comfort Food Extraordinaire Meat Loaf With A Kick Main While lying on the floor with a bad back watching daytime TV last week (a sad tale of water conservation gone awry), I came upon Chef Jeff Mauro making meatloaf on a show called The Kitchen.  Tom happened to be walking through right then and chimed in, “Meatloaf is my favorite!” “What?”  I had known Tom for 25 years and been married for 21 and never once in all those years did he tell me meatloaf is his favorite comfort food.  In fact, I have never in my life made a meatloaf (I do, however, make a pretty good Shepard’s Pie).   Now that I am back on my feet again, … Read more…