Archive for the ‘ New ’ Category

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Baked Beans

You’ll probably end up seeing a lot about beans in this “Try Something New” column. For years, beans managed to elude me, leaving me with giant pots filled with tough pellets or overcooked mush. But now that I actually know a little something about cooking, it’s my goal to figure out how to make all […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Sunchokes

When I started this “Try Something New” effort, many people suggested foods for me to try. Sunchokes — also known as Jerusalem artichokes — were recommended by Jim of Muddy Dog Coffee. I had to admit that I was skeptical. These are weird looking little things, looking like the love child of a ginger root […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: The Freezer Project

I first wrote about The Freezer Project at the end of March. Since then, I’ve made a conscientious effort to really think about what goes into the freezer, and how it can help me make meals down the line. The first effort was with chicken stock. After roasting two chickens for dinner, I made chicken […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Acorn Squash

As a kid, I never ate squash. My mother relied heavily on bags of frozen vegetables, and fresh squash just wasn’t on the menu. Imagine the surprise of my adult self when I discovered that I actually liked it. Acorn squash is plentiful, cheap and tasty. There are two primary cooking methods: baking and microwaving. […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Roasted Cauliflower

I like cauliflower… as long as it’s raw. Try as I might, I’ve just never been a fan of it when it’s cooked. Of course, it recently dawned on me that my objection to it might just be the fact that I’d always been served cauliflower that was overcooked. It was time to find out […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: The Freezer

No, this week’s entry isn’t a new food. It’s a new approach to food. What’s in your freezer? No, seriously: what’s in your freezer? My freezer is always absurdly full, and yet I can tell you honestly that I haven’t the faintest idea as to what’s actually in there. I decided to dig in, see […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Betty Burgers

When our Santa Cruz friends suggested lunch at Betty Burgers, how could I say no? This place is supposed to be a Santa Cruz legend, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only do they have fabulous burgers featuring the slightly disturbing “secret lube,” they also have tasty fries, sweet potato fries and fantastic ice […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Hungarian Bacon

I’ll start by explaining that until Saturday, I didn’t even know that Hungarians had their own bacon. Our Hungarian friends invited us to a late afternoon beach bonfire and cookout, I assumed that we’d be having the usual hamburgers and hot dogs. Little did I know that we’d be grilling 1/2″ thick strips of the […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Brussels Sprouts

I don’t like Brussels sprouts. The thing is, I don’t know why I don’t like them. They’re part of the cabbage family, like… well, cabbage, but also broccoli and cauliflower. I like all of these veggies, yet I detest the Brussels sprouts. I know, it doesn’t make any sense to me, either. After I started […] Read More

What Would Betty Do Logo Try Something New: Wing-It Red Beans and Rice

I read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food again, and I wanted to try more recipes with dried beans (an ingredient that I often struggle with), whole grains and minimal meat. I read several recipes for red beans and rice, but none of them felt right. Plus, I couldn’t get a ham hock to save […] Read More