[43] Meat Sauce, Bolognese Style

How to Cook Everything, Revised Edition by Mark Bittman

This was the second in a set of three recipes I made on Monday. It was also made because I wanted lasagne.

This recipe takes a long time to make. It’s well worth it, I’d say, but it’s important to be aware of that. If you forget, you end up like me, chopping shallots before you’ve had your version of morning caffeine. No good. It’s amazing I have all my fingers.

It’s really a simple story. I was planning to make the lasagne on Sunday, when I had plenty of time. But we slept in and then decided we’d be better off going for a walk and picking up some potting soil and pots for my new plants (thyme and lemon balm). After all, I would have plenty of time to make lasagne on Monday.… Continue reading →

[40] Beef Daube

How to Cook Everything, Revised Edition by Mark Bittman

HOLY COW! Another big, round number! Fabulous.

So, Thursday night I made this stew. We were having our friend Jessie over for dinner, and it was a gross, wet day outside. I’d planned to make this one Monday night, but we switched the menu around in honor of those two things. (Jessie doesn’t like chicken thighs, which are now on the menu for Monday night.) Luckily, we HAD gone grocery shopping by the time we decided to switch things up, so it was easy to go to a different choice on the menu.

I love it when things just work out.

I had put it on the menu because my friend Nancy had recently made it, and highly recommended it. Frankly, that’s all it took.… Continue reading →

[18] Bacon, in our toaster oven broiler

How to Cook Everything

Ok, this is a little of a cop-out. It’s bacon, right? Everyone knows how to cook bacon.

Well, maybe so. However, this is really an entry in How to Cook Everything, and I really followed it pretty closely. To make it up to you, I’ll follow the recipe up with a story about this particular toaster, and why Natasha hates it so much.


… Bacon. We’re using thick-sliced fancy stuff from Whole Foods today, 4 slices.


Heat up your broiler. Put the bacon in a roasting pan or something else with a good lip that can stand up to your broiler. If you’re using the toaster oven like I am, you might as well cover the pan with foil to make cleanup easier.… Continue reading →