Wednesday, November 4, 2009


zlearnshowtocook is moving to the following address

I haven't been too happy with blogspot and have liked Wordpress better anyway, so without further adieu, onto the new blog

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hard Strawberry Lemonade

Found here

½ cup of white sugar
½ cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 sprig of mint leaves broken up, another handful for the simple syrup
6 strawberries
2 cups of lemon juice (approx 5 lemons)

1 cup of vodka (you can always mix in more or less)

(or 1 cup of tonic/seltzer water if non-alcoholic)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Coconut Mushroom Soup

(recipe under construction)

olive oil

3/4 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
2 cups brown mushrooms
2 tsp. siracha

1 can coconut milk
1 can vegetable broth
1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup cilantro
1 tbsp. honey

1/2 squeezed lime
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. pepper

Friday, July 31, 2009

Mushroom Risotto

2 1/2 tbsp. garlic
Red Onions
1/2 cup white wine
(1) porcini mushroom

1 1/2 cup white mushrooms
1/2 cup shitake

1 cup of parmesan (2) different types

add Aborio rice, when dry add vegetable stock (4) cups total

Garlic Shrimp

Deveining Shrimp

Click here.

Found here

Completely delicious. Aside from just the shrimp, entirely unhealthy.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Where to Eat in LA

Epicurious recs here.

Metrowize brunch here.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Veggie Melt

From here.

Dijon mustard

Balsamic Vinegar

Slices of *good* mozzarella

Portobello mushrooms (seared)

English Muffins

AVOCADO slices

Pear (sliced)

Red onion chopped into slices

Green onion chopped coarsely

Tomato sliced thinly



Toast buns, add ingredients, and then in the oven 350 dg. until the mozzarella has slightly melted.

Tofu w/ Peanut Sauce

Tofu covered in flour, left for 5 mins

Med to high heat skillet
Olive oil
until Tofu is brown

Generous Peanut Sauce for 1 min

Drizzle honey and stir

Served on white rice. Takes virtually no time whastoever to fix.

It's delicious, healthy, and vegan! Wtf?

Consider: grilled pineapple

Roasted Beets w/ Ricotta and Arugula Salad

4-5 Beets
(2) Lemons
Olive oil
Salt - 1 tsp.

Cover in foil 350 dg. for 45 minutes
take out, stir
30 mins unwrapped


Serve on Ricotta Cheese

Arugula Lettuce
Basil vinaigrette

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Veggie Burger

Houston's Recipe (from here)

Serves: 4

1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon molasses
If marinating, 1tbsp. honey, soy, hoison, molasses

Throw onions and beets on the skillet until dry

Chill to maintain form of the burgers

High heat until slightly black on both sides (roughly 1.5 minutes)
Bake at 375 dg. for 7 minutes

Consider: 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
Jalepeno pepper
1 tsp. soy
White onion instead of red

Notes: Houston's lied to you, Chef #226412---They do use chopped beets. I used to make the veggie burgers when I worked prep there. Brown rice, oat cereal, chopped black beans, salt, pepper, fresh garlic, jalapenos, white onion. The glaze is honey, soy, hoisin, and molasses. it gets dipped before grilling and held in the marinade before cooking.

Epicurious Recipe (found here)
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 medium portobellos, diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cored, seeded and diced
  • 1 can (15 ounce) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
  • 4 whole-wheat buns
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 tomato slices

All Recipes (found here)
  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 2 inch pieces
  • 1/2 onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce or hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Salmon with Dijon Mustard and Brown Sugar

Serves: 2

1 lb. Salmon

Cut in the fashion described 2:21 in:

In a bowl and stir:

1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup honey
4 tbsp. Dijon
2 tbsp. Lemon Juice (or the juice from 1 lemon)
3 tsp. flour
1/2 tsp. balsamic
1 cooking tsp. butter
1 1/2 tsp. Siracha

Salt and Pepper in the middle of the salmon steaks, salt and olive oil on the bottom pepper well on top.
6 cloves of garlic put around the salmon

Oven for 23 mins (exactly!) at 375 dg.

Mushrooms with olive oil

Consider: green onion and a slice of lemon halved on top

The Perfect Burger (the Zerger)

Serves: 8


2 lbs. Brisket (ask the grocer to grind the brisket at the store or use a food processor)

Red Onions sautéed so that they carmelize
Mushrooms also sautéed

Embedded in the beef...

3/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 egg
1 cup $1 Ruffles sour cream & onion (literally hammered in a plastic bag, turned into bits)
4 slices or 1/3 cup bacon bits
2 tsp. garlic salt
1/4 cup siracha
6 large cloves of garlic
3/4 cup small cubes (2) different kinds of cheddar (yellow, white)

2 mins each side on the stove, high heat (1-7, 5.5)
6 mins baking, 375 dg (after 3 mins flip over).

Arugula lettuce

toasted French Onion bun

NYTimes article here with recipe here

Best BBQ sauce ever here, with others here

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Seared Ahi w/ Cilantro Ginger Vinaigrette

Roasted Carrots w Parsnips (Honey Glazed)

Lobster steamed in Beer

Citrus Glaze Carrots

Tofu Stack

Mozzarella Veggie Sandwich

Indian Soup

Salmon with Roasted Asparagus


1 lb. Salmon
Balsamic Vinaigrette
1 Lemon

Curl salmon
Cut 1/2 inch in add salt and pepper.
Place 6 cloves of garlic around the salmon.

375 dg. for 23 minutes

Best if marinated in the morning and then cooked later in the day


Lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tbsp. balsamic

Cut off the bottom 1/3rd of the stems

Sprinkle (sea) salt & pepper
add chives

400 dg. oven for 10 minutes

or slow-roasted 350 dg. for 20 mins

Another variation here:

Salmon Belly-Wrapped Salmon from Foodwishes on Vimeo.

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Found here.

2 bunches spinach, rinsed and torn into bite-size pieces
4 cups sliced strawberries
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon paprika
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Bread served as a side. When utilizing the dressing, it's best to apply and taste to avoid over-dressing the salad.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Broccoli Soup

Goat Cheese
Olive Oil


Season the soup as well...
Cook For 4:00/4:30 Minutes

Salmon Crushed Potatoes with Fresh Crab Meat


White Crab Meat

Spring (Green) Onions
Vinaigrette (Olive Oil, Water, Lemon Juice, Salt & Pepper)

Salt (Rosemary, Pepper)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Scrambled Eggs

Gordon Ramsey Way

Crack eggs directly into the pan
Add butter, *do not add salt as it will break down the eggs*
Rubber spatula, and whisk away

On med to high heat - stir, put the pan off, stir, take the pan off

When the eggs start to curdle, add cream or milk

When ready, THEN add salt, garlic salt, and pepper, 1/4 tsp. baking powder

Finish with the pan on the flame to make sure the eggs are hot for being served. Check to make sure there is proper consistency.

Traditional Way

Theory is that the salt breaks down the eggs, so it's best to wait until they are in the pan.

Friday, May 8, 2009





Pre-heat pan at low heat
Add coating of butter
Throw on tortillas until cheese is barely melting
when ready, pull tortilla off pan, add contents

and fold...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

German Pancakes


6-8 Eggs
1 cup Flower
1 cup Milk
1 & 1/4 cup Water
1/4 teasp. Salt

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix with wooden spoon until smooth.


Over medium high heat (not medium, not high, but medium high) melt small amount of fat (butter or margarine) until hot and bubbly.
Pour about 1/2 cup of batter into pan. I use a soup ladle. That's just the right amount and easy to pour.

When pancake starts to solidify and to look somewhat solid on top, gently slide a turner or spatula underneath and flip over. At this point, pancake will get done very quickly.

When finished, slide directly from pan onto plate.
Serve with berries, applesauce, jam, or -- in your case -- maple syrup.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Tuscan Minnestrone


2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup carrots
1 cup onions
½ cup celery
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves

1 19-oz. can Progresso Cannellini Beans, drained & rinsed
1 15-oz can Progresso Black beans, drained & rinsed
1 14.5-oz. can vegetable broth


Heat olive oil in a big pot on high heat

Add carrots, onions, celery and garlic.
Cook 4-5 minutes until onions are tender, stirring occasionally.
Stir in all remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil.

Reduce heat to medium.
Simmer 10-12 minutes.
Salt to taste.

Chicken can be added, best cut into cubes at the halfway point.


Recipe can be found on Food Wishes here

2 eggs separated - egg whites in a mixing bowl, yellow centers in a separate bowl

In a mixing bowl

2 cups flour, sifted
1 tbsp. baking powder, sifted
1/4 tsp. baking soda, sifted
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. powdered sugar

3/4 tsp. lemon zest or 2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 cups milk
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla coffee sweetener


Whisk egg whites, fold into batter.

Let sit for 10-15 minutes, then throw on the pan.

Using the pancake like a tortilla.
Peanut Butter
Indian Flour
Ricotta Cheese
Seltzer Water

And I thought I was serious:


Inspired by All Recipes grandma style here

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (measure exactly)
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/4 cups milk (measure exactly)
  • 1 1/2 egg (1 full egg, 1 egg white)
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter, melted
Consider (reluctantly):
Blueberries or fruit
more honey
3 tbsp. instead of 2 tbsp. butter

    Tuesday, May 5, 2009

    Pasta shells


    Pasta Shells
    Marinara Sauce


    Preheat oven to 350/375
    Use a square glass container
    Line the bottom with foil
    Cover half the container with marinara
    Drop the shells, making sure the cheesey openings are facing up
    Fill with the rest of the marinara
    Add Parmesan
    Cover with tin foil and then bake for about half an hour, checking the center to make sure that the shells are adequately warm.


    Tomatoes, Mozzarella, and Balsamic Vinaigrette
    Red Wine

    Fish Tacos

    Tuna Steak

    Is well...a tuna steak. Lightly salted on both sides. Squeeze orange and lime for seasoning. Add oil, heat the skillet to low-medium. Add pepper late in the game.

    Fish Taco Sauce

    1/3 cup plain yogurt
    1/3 cup mayo
    1 tbsp lime
    1/2 tbsp chipotle


    Chopped White Cabbage
    Pico De Gayo

    Style: Mexican