Cooking With Monkey

Cooking with Monkey not as an ingredient, but as your guide around the kitchen,

Open Source Truffles

I think everyone loves chocolate truffles! They are exotic and luscious yet deceptively easy to make with a couple of ingredients. 12 oz chocolate 4 oz cream optional 2 Tablespoons of a flavoring (extract, liqueur, etc.) Look! I just so happen to have all those items on hand, so, let’s get truffling! Let ’s take…

Groundhog's day cookies

Groundhog’s Day Cookies

Every holiday needs a tasty cookie! Enjoyed warm or room temperature, they are perfect to start your Groundhog Day festivities or as little nosh as you wind down from the big day celebrations.  My English friend, Judith, shared her Rockcake recipe with me many many (many) years ago and they are a natural for Groundhog Day…

Legendary Sorbet in a Sack

Thanks for joining me. Because my liquid nitrogen privileges have been temporarily suspended, I’ll be using a tried-and-true low-tech method to chill my sorbet.Today, I’m transforming this this box of juice into a tasty and refreshing sorbet. Let’s take a quick inventory to make sure I’m prepared. two zipity locking freezing bags – 1 gallon size and one pint…

Safety Tip #911

Unless you are terrycloth or some sort of heat-proof silicon life form, always be cautious around the stove, oven, grill or other hot surfaces. Remember to don some sort of protective gloves, pot holders or mitts when touching hot pots, pans or implements. Never ever ever (ever!) manipulate anything that has been baking, boiling, frying,…

Quick Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Any time is a good time for a grilled cheese sandwich. Don’t you agree?  But what do you do if you don’t have a stove handy?  My solution: use an iron! Chefs know preparation can make or break a culinary creation. So, I carefully assemble all the ingredients and tools on my check list before beginning sandwich construction.…