Psycho Cooker

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Trader Joe’s, I think I love you

I retract my previous statement; I KNOW I love Trader Joe’s. On February 14th, mayhem broke out across the Denver metro area, when 3 brand-spankin’-new Trader Joe’s opened their doors to desperate Coloradans.  The parking lots overflow with agitated customers, jonesing for inexpensive olive oil and frozen berries.  Patagonia-clad Boulderites tap their feet impatiently, with their carts busting at the seams with Pesto gouda (yes, it exists), tamari almonds, cookie butter (Trader Joe’s riff on the mythical Speculoos butter), and bags of pre-washed, baby arugula.  Everyone is irritated by the crowds, but it is worth the delight that ensues from rejoicing in the spoils within […]

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Lasagne in Bianco

I stumbled across this recipe while flipping through a stack of food magazines at Barnes and Noble, and I felt like it might be a personalized message from the universe for me to make this recipe.  It is deceptively simple lasagna with just two principle components layered together: a simple, but thoughtgully flavored Parmesan cheese sauce and “no-boil” lasagna noodles.  The sauce is a basic roux-based béchamel sauce, flavored with shallots, nutmeg, dry Marsala wine, and Parmesan cheese.  I followed the recipe and went for the real deal, authentic Parmegiano Reggiano.  Parmesan cheese is the star of this recipe, and […]

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