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A post? Lies!

So, despite having all but abandoned this blog and lost all my readers, to you few, you happy few, we band of brothers, for he today that reads this blog with me shall be my brother, be he ne’er so vile, this day shall… oops. Less talking, more food.

Comfort Food

I have a meal and a recipe for y’all today. First, the meal.

Grilled cheese, collard greens, and turnip fries. Grilled cheese is always pretty good, but the standout in this was the greens. And so, without further ado:

Collards, a recipe of sorts.


  • Greens, of course. This recipe is for collards, but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t work with Kale, mustard greens, turnip greens, or any of the like.
  • Bacon
  • Some stock
  • Garlic
  • Vinegar (I used balsamic)
  • Hot sauce (I used Crystal, not pictured)
  • Salt and pepper.



Amazingly simple.

Chop your bacon into small pieces and start it frying/rendering.

Add garlic, then after a little bit, the stock, vinegar, and hot sauce.

Chop and add your greens. This is why you are using a big pot, since to get anything at the end, you really need a whole mess of greens. For some reason I forgot to photo this step. Throw a little salt and pepper in on top.

Cover and cook for a very long time. I have seen things saying up to 2.5 hours, which seems a little excessive. I cooked mine for about an hour.


The pot liquor is delicious for dipping bread.

Gratuitous close up

I had taken a gratuitous close up of the turnip fries, but they were not very good, so they got cut. So, to substitute, here is a gratuitous close up of one of my recent pizzas.*


*Recipe to come.

BTW, new kitchen.




I made my first successful omelette, and it was delicious.
It was very simple, just two eggs, some salt, pepper and hot pepper, and a little pecorino romano cheese once it went in the pan (which naturally had butter in it.

I was inspired to make this omelette by watching this video of Julia Child.

Guess what? She knows what she is talking about.

Here is a gratuitous close up.

Labor Day Special

Okay, so I know Labor Day was Monday, but I already had a post for Tuesday, so here is the recipe for what I had on Labor Day.

Steak and Pasta.

I dry rubbed the steak with some herbs, salt and pepper (and paprika).

Cooked it in olive oil with garlic on a pretty high temperature for three minutes to a side.

Then let it rest while the pasta finished.

Just boiled the water (well before I started the steak) and made the pasta right around when I started the steak.

Then I put in some herbs, olive oil, garlic, and cheese.


And a gratuitous close up.


Lately, more so that usual, I have been eating some traditional American food, some great, some not so great.

So, here are some good old American classics, or at least my families take on them.

To start out with, something really simple, grilled cheese and corn on the cob (a recurring theme in the summer around here)

This was made with Vermont 5-year white cheddar (one of Costco’s better foods) and some homegrown tomatoes for fun.

And naturally followed by some delicious watermelon.

Last night’s continuation of the Americana series was — crab cakes. They are a Maryland classic and simply delicious.

I made mine into a sandwich with these fixings.

For dessert, what other people call strawberry shortcake and some coffee.

Tonight, we had pot roast, following a recipe from “Hints from Heloise” with some potatoes and corn.

The stock that it made was amazingly delicious, but the beef was a little dry. It got a little better when we cut it up and soaked it in the broth, but this is not the best recipe ever.

To cleanse your palate after that, have a gratuitous, but rather artistic, close up.

More Budget Adventures

So, this post will be a bit boring, but read on anyway.

I started the day with a fantastic pastry and coffee. The pastry had cream in it, and chocolate chips, as well as a buttery, flakey crust.
I really am going to miss these when I get home. However, I did pick up an espresso maker (macchinetta), so I will not have to go back to regular coffee.

Lunch was rather simple, just a big slice of bread, some cheese and spicy salami (I love this stuff).
Simple, but happy.

In a couple of hours, you can expect another update containing dinner. What will it be? Pasta or more lentils?!

Check in later to find out!

Mercoledi, pranzo e cena

Lunch was pasta, as usual. I find it hard to go to a new place when I can get a different plate of fantastic pasta every day for so cheap at my regular place.

Today it was tagliatelli with pesto and potatoes.

Having eaten pasta constantly and wanting something a bit different for dinner, my flat-mate and I pulled our supplies and made omelets.
They did not come out very pretty, but they were tasty. Mine had fried peppers and onions along with grana padana cheese and some salami.