Make It Monday: Tex-Mex Vegetarian Chili

Chili without meat?! Is that sacrilege? Well...maybe...but something this good can be enjoyed for it's own sake. (And you know that this one is healthier than the one with meat). Everyone knows I am partial to steaming Bowl of Red, but I will admit that I make this vegetarian version at home and truly enjoy it.

Michael Liss
Make It Monday: Frittata

Here at the Common Housefly Test Kitchen we love us some Frittata. Is it an omelet without the fuss of folding? Is it a quiche without the crust? It doesn't matter. It is easy. It is filling. And with a salad on the side it is a great meal in warm weather.

Michael Liss
Make It Monday: How To Peel A Head of Garlic in 10 Seconds

Here at the Common Housefly Test Kitchen we love fresh garlic. But for recipes that call for more than one or two cloves we always dread the process of peeling the garlic so we can slice or mince it. BUT NO MORE! We have found Nirvana in this method for peeling large quantities of garlic in seconds.

Michael Liss
Cure Your Own Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day.

Who doesn't love corned beef on St. Paddy's Day? Did you know that you can make cure your own corned beef at home? It is very easy, it just takes a bit of time - which is why I am posting this 11 days before St. Patrick's Day - and the results are worth the (minimal) effort.

Michael Liss
Make It Monday: Chicken Stock

Bone broth is all the rage these days. Maybe over-hyped, but not wrong-headed. Real stock, be it beef, chicken or veggie, will make a profound difference in any dish that calls for liquid as an ingredient. And Chicken Stock is the king. It is liquid gold. 

Michael Liss
It's National Cafe au Lait Day..

Now we're talking. It is odd to have such a French name for a US National Food Day (and back in the day it might have been renamed Freedom Coffee) - but it is an awesome coffee drink.

Michael Liss
It's National Gumdrop Day...

Just in case you are coming down from your sugar high from all the candy you consumed on Valentine's day you can recharge your battery with National Gumdrop Day.

Michael Liss
Make It Monday: Manual Coffee Brewing with the Bonavita Immersion Dripper

I would like to encourage you to try a manual coffee brewing method. There are many methods (and I have most of them) and they all can make a fantastic cup of coffee, but my current favorite brewer is the Immersion Dripper from Bonavita.

Why go through the process of a manual brew when you have a perfectly good automatic drip coffee machine?

Michael Liss