Greg Henry

Spring Pea Soup

Greg : April 11, 2014 03:45 : Greg Henry

mintedpeasoup1_0What springs to mind this time of year? Why peas of course! As soon as I hear that distinct boing from a spring that has fully sprung. I make this soup, Spring Pea Soup with Mint and Sour Cream.

Because peas and mint are a traditional springtime duo. Here they are brought together in a Pea Soup with Mint that has features the slight tartness and rich body of sour cream. Making for a little bit of pure pea perfection in a cute little bowl.

Like I said I make this soup every year just as the peas hit their peak of perfection. I suggest you wait for that moment too when making Pea Soup with Mint like this. Get the peas too early and they can be small and disappointing. Wait too long in the season and they can get starchy. Get them at just the right moment and you simply won’t believe their sweet flavor. more »

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Chocolate (and Peanut Butter) Cake

Greg : April 4, 2014 03:41 : Greg Henry

chocolatecakes_0When I heard that The Back Burner was to be discussing peanut butter this week the phrase “let them eat cake” immediately popped in my head. I have this  cookbook from Elinor Klivens that features a chocolate and peanut butter cake that I have been dying to try.

I know. I know. Chocolate. Perhaps the most over discussed topic in the pantry. But this cookbook is more than just another book with chocolate in the title.

The truth is this book is not really a book about chocolate (or peanut butter). It’s about cake. Chocolate Cakes: 50 Great Cakes for Every Occasion (Chronicle Books). It’s a book I think you’ll enjoy. more »

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Tid Bits & Noshy Things

Greg : March 28, 2014 03:30 : Greg Henry, Uncategorized

AspargusSticksTEXT-333x500These Asparagus Sticks qualify as a category of food I call tidbits and noshy things. Which basically means party food. Everyone should have a few basic recipes that will make a cocktail party feel posh. Sesame Pancetta Asparagus Sticks have the panache to make any party feel posh. Because if you’re having a few friends in for a quick drink and a nibble you don’t want to have to hire a caterer and you certainly don’t want to resort to frozen tidbits and noshy things. Trust me, I know those baby empanadas from Trader Joe’s seem like a good idea– they may even be delicious. But everyone goes to Trader Joe’s and you will never convince a soul that you spent any time at all trying to make your guests feel special.

Of course I realize that the allure of those TJ ‘s frozen tidbits and noshy things is the fact that they’re so easy. There I said it…

I usually roll my eyes when cooks harp on the phrase “it’s so easy”. Making it seem like being easy all by itself is the only information I need to rush right home and start using cherry Jell-O in a perfectly silly recipe for chocolate mousse. Besides chocolate mousse is already easy without the questionable addition of cherry Jell-O. more »

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