Brunch at Café 1912

Café 1912 is a frequent haunt for me and Paul. If you’re looking for great French bistro food in Memphis, this is the place. We visited the cafe for brunch today and I ordered one of my favorites: the Croque Madame. This savory sandwich of grilled ham and Gruyère cheese topped with bechamel sauce is toasted under the broiler and served with a poached or fried egg … Continue reading Brunch at Café 1912

Pâté de Campagne 

I’ve been reading the lyrical writing of Elizabeth David’s French Provincial Cooking this week. Published in 1960, the book describes David’s experience of food in the provinces of France away from the bright lights and big kitchens of Paris. English by birth, David fell in love with the cookery of the countryside in her formative years. She describes the post-World War II French food scene … Continue reading Pâté de Campagne 

Grandma Favazza’s Sugo

I can’t claim rights to this Italian gravy recipe inherited through Paul’s family. I never met his Grandmother Mary Favazza, but her cooking heritage lives on. I occasionally make a few adjustments to the recipe. She was fond of Contadina crushed tomatoes, but you can add flavor variation with canned fire-roasted tomatoes. I’ve also use an equivalent volume of fresh, peeled Ripley tomatoes that produced one of the … Continue reading Grandma Favazza’s Sugo

Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Countless variations of Asian-themed  lettuce wraps exist. I created this recipe based on ingredients already in my kitchen along with a few others for which I shopped. This dish is light, low-carb, and paleo. If pork is not your thing, try ground chicken or tofu crumbles instead. Other fresh ingredients are possible as additions or substitutions. This dish can be a satisfying dinner or an … Continue reading Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Korma, Chole Palak and Paratha

I’ll be making a few Indian recipes tonight for a friend that I tested a few weeks ago that Paul and I really loved. Mallika Basu appeared on Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube with a simple and delicious preparation of Chicken Korma: I will pair Chef Buck’s flavorful and vegan Chole Palak and Paratha from Manjula’s Kitchen with the chicken. Indian recipes can be intimidating because some Indian spices can … Continue reading Chicken Korma, Chole Palak and Paratha