Looking for some new recipes to try?
Michael Ingersoll here. I’m writing to you from the frozen tundra of lower Canada, otherwise know as Chicago, IL. I am a serious home cook and a voracious watcher of the Food Network. If I weren’t in the music business, I’m sure I would have ended up in restaurants. I grew up working in restaurants; It’s an intense environment. I get a lot of my inspiration by watching folks like Alton Brown, Ina Garten, Rachel Ray (haters gonna hate, but I love her) and Bobby Flay. I also love America’s Test Kitchen on good ol’ PBS…I just discovered it this year. Where have I been?! This show, created by the editor of Cook’s Illustrated, magazine is one of the best out there. It actually endeavors to teach the home-cook how to improve his or her skills, which is rather novel, unfortunately, in this era of reality TV. (Reality TV is not my thing.) Recently I made a pork shoulder and cabbage stew using a base of home-made chicken stock. Fantastic! I’m also a big fan of the beef vegetable soup that my grandma taught me to make when I was a kid. I always make the stock from scratch using bones, vegetables and herbs. It makes a HUGE difference. Maybe we should start a recipe exchange on Facebook? Whaddaya think? I’ll be watching our page to see if anyone’s up for it.