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When the fledgling Kitchen Warrior first begins the transition from the freezer to the pantry often the biggest ‘gotcha’ is that a little more time and planning is required. Folks don’t always appreciate this and just assume we’re always ready to whip something up even in THEIR kitchen regardless of what ingredients they have on hand. I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me ‘Hey you’re a good cook have a cooking blog’ can’t you just MAKE something?
To that end its definitely a good …

Baking, Breads, Recipes »

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This is one of my favorite ‘white’ loaf breads, it has a wonderful taste and texture. Don’t read oats and think lumps because they just disappear in the finished loaf and all that remains is a hint of flavor. And to top it off this bread has a beautiful crust and a sturdy rise so its a great one to bake when you want something you can count on to taste AND look good.
Also like most basic breads its also quite versatile. I first saw this recipe as a …

Breakfast, Cooking, Recipes »

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The Warfare Scramble is sort of a breakfast stir fry of potatoes, eggs, bacon or sausage, and cheese. Or swap the meat for your favorite veggies. Or add everything you can think of. Good stuff.
Note: The method we use here for our potatoes is an easy and healthy way to fry potatoes ANYTIME.

The Warfare Scramble
Serves 2
Time to prepare: 25-30 minutes

Cooking, Recipes »

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One obstacle you may encounter when scratch cooking for other folks is the time quality food prep can and often takes. Consider that in a mind powered by a starving stomach you and your raw ingredients, sharp cutlery and expensive cookware are up against a 1500 watt microwave and a box of frozen Stouffer’s (NO of COURSE I can’t make a Lasagna from scratch in 3 minutes and 20 seconds!). Now I can’t say I know for sure that the people I cook for wouldn’t rather eat frozen …

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This pizza is referenced (with picture) in the article ‘Outstanding Pizza From Scratch In 50 minutes’
The motivation for this pie was to see how quickly I could prepare a pizza from scratch. What started as an Iron Chef sort of effort ended up as an excellent pizza I’ll make again and again.

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When I was a kid growing up in Florida one of our holiday favorites was Orange Rum cake. Its a little different than the typical hodgepodge of cakes and besides it was just fun to make. I liked helping to shave the orange and lemon zest (peel) and there was something cool even then about a cake that needed to sit for a few days before you could eat it. And it had RUM. No matter that its hardly a trace amount, as a kid it was just a fun …

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When I decided I was in an Italian mood the first thing I did was to select a bread because bread usually takes the longest amount of time.
I wanted to try something new so I googled around and settled on this Italian Herb Bread I found on AllRecipes originally from Ann Barr.
In spite of the momentary lapse of reason on my part, it came out very well. The first loaf didn’t quite rise as well as it should have during baking but that was in no doubt because of the …

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The nice thing about Lasagna other than its lure to commit deadly sin #2 is that its very easy to make an outstanding dish of it, you just need a good recipe.
Here’s why.
Generally speaking a successful effort in the kitchen requires 3 things-

A good plan (recipe, imagination, etc)
Using the best ingredients you can reasonably/affordably obtain
Proper execution

So assuming you have a good recipe (we do) and you get good quality ingredients it comes down to execution and if you can brown meat, cut vegetables and beat an egg you can make …

News & Commentary, Recipes »

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Another hobby of mine is collecting ephemera which if you don’t know is collectable paper. Letters, papers, bookmarks, postcards, recipe cards, advertising pieces, stock certificates, basically all kinds of paper. Some people say it includes pamphlets and magazines. Some say not.
What does this have to do with cooking or even Kitchen Warfare you ask? Well probably not as much as it should. But hang in there, we’re still going to learn to make toast.

Baking, Recipes »

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For the last few months we’ve been completely boycotting store bought breads.
Initially it was more of a challenge (game) just to see if we could do it but it didn’t take long for us to become pretty accustomed to high quality (most of the time!) baked goods. I don’t mean this in the sense that I’ve mastered baking because that’s far (far) from true (really far) but rather in the sense that pretty much anything you manage to get baked (heh, he said ‘get baked’) using fresh ingredients in …