Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Do Real Men Bake Quiche?

By Carl Weiss

It used to be said that real men don't eat quiche.  At least that was Bruce Feinstein's opinion back in 1982 when he penned a satirical book with that title.  It was written to poke fun at American macho stereotypes.  Bruce's definition of a quiche-eater referred to a male that might enjoy eating a piece of quiche, but would never think of making one, since that would be considered "women's work."  How the times have changed during the past 35 years.  Not only do real men now unabashedly eat quiche, they bake it with gusto.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Stew Crazy

By Carl Weiss

Image courtesy of Man Cave Munchies
You're familiar with the term Stir Crazy.  This week I went a little stew crazy when I decided to make 3 different kinds of stews: fish, beef and chicken.  The good news about stews is that they are not only real crowd pleasers, but they are extremely easy to prepare.  They can be made in a stockpot or a crockpot.  Last but not least, they can feed an army.  With winter right around the corner, you might want to bone up on some of these recipes that will keep you warm when it is cold outside.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Thanksgiving Leftovers

by Carl Weiss

Image courtesy of flickr
Thanksgiving isn't really over until you can't stand the site of turkey for another year.  At least, that's my opinion.  That being said, you want to come up with a few creative ways to doctor up those leftovers so you won't be forced to eat the same thing a half dozen times.  In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I would devote this week's blog to giving you some creative ways to convert those leftovers into something you will love to gobble up.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Don't Be a Turkey

By Carl Weiss

Image from Public Domain Pictures
With Thanksgiving only a week away, I thought I'd give you my take on the holiday.  If you are saddled with cooking the traditional holiday feast, you need 3 things:  A plan, patience and a whole lot of alcohol.  Seriously, cooking Thanksgiving dinner isn't all that difficult if you do it in stages.  By that I mean anything you can prepare ahead of time is a blessing.  This can include soup, sides and dessert.  This way you'll only have to contend with the turkey, the mashed potatoes and the stuffing on the big day.  Below are some of my Thanksgiving favorites.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Boozy Bunch

By Carl Weiss

A funny thing happened when I was perusing the 63 videos on my YouTube channel.  I noticed that 2 of the top-10 videos on Man Cave Munchies were homemade liqueurs: Irish Cream and Double Dutch Chocolate.  At that moment it hit me...My audience REALLY likes recipes with booze.  So, I decided to up the ante by devoting the month of November to booze-infused recipes.  For a starter, I decided to give you guys yet another favorite homemade hooch of mine: Amaretto for $5 a pitcher.  (see the video at right) The great thing about making homemade liqueurs is that you can use the cheapest booze on the shelf, since the alcohol is more about function than form.  You can also control the flavor, since you are in charge of that as well. Add a pinch of this or a double dash of that and you will wind up with a whole new taste sensation.

Friday, November 3, 2017

White Guy Thai

By Carl Weiss

Pad Thai courtesy of Man Cave Munchies
One thing my friends have discovered about me over the years is that I am no one-hit wonder when it comes to cooking.  I don't know if that's due to the fact that I have lived in so many places in my life, or if it's simply due to the fact that my taste buds are fickle.  By fickle, I mean my palate gets bored if it isn't stimulated on a regular basis.  As a consequence, I can cook everything from Southern barbecue and classic American dishes, to Cajun cuisine along with Italian, German and Greek food.  But by far, the thing that causes my tongue to take a trip far afield, is when I add Asian elements to my repertoire.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Recipes That Are So Easy, They’re SCARY!

By Carl Weiss

Image courtesy of Pixabay
With Halloween right around the corner I thought I would share some recipes that are so easy to make, they’re scary.  By that, I mean that there are some recipes that require little in the way of cooking prowess.  These are no-trick recipes where as long as you combine the right ingredients in the correct amounts, you wind up with a homemade treat.