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November 2019



Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner – A Cooking Show with Rachel O – Ep. 3

Written by , Posted in A Cooking Show with Rachel O, Contests, Dinner, Gluten Free, Main Dishes, Meat, One Dish Dinners, Poultry, Roasting, Sauces, Vegetables

This is going to be easy. Like, not as easy as making toast from store bought, pre-sliced bread. But, not as difficult as making toast from homemade bread. More like making toast from store bought not sliced bread.

The only difficult thing is waiting for the oven to heat up (ours takes twelve years) and making sure the chicken isn’t still frozen (ugh, mine is).

So while I wait for both of those things to correct themselves, I’m gonna halve some brussels sprouts and think about whether or not I could write a cookbook.

It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while now. Just recently it’s been on my mind a little more. I was talking to Maggie Green about it last week and she asked “Why not you?” Yeah, why not me?!

So I’m putting this out there. Not for any reason but to tell you, so you can know first. “I’m gonna do the thing that scares me. Let my dreams be big enough to scare me.” –Arielle Estoria (paraphrase)

Ok, I think the oven’s ready. Remember, this is easy. You can swap out the veggies if you want to. I’m using brussels sprouts and broccoli, because it’s what I have on hand. I’d also like to make it with cauliflower, carrots, or even just a simple chicken and potatoes dinner. You could try rutabagas or parsnips, beets (chioggia beets would be super pretty), maybe even some cabbage wedges?? You’re the boss of your dinner, so make it how you want, use what you have on hand, and use this recipe as a guide, not something you have to follow exactly.

Since I’m the boss of my dinner, I’m using one of my favorite things: Sir Kensington’s Pepperoncini Italian Vinaigrette AND giving it away!! Winner winner chicken dinner!

The giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to the winner: @brambleberrybear!

To Enter:

  1. Follow both @De_Ma_Cuisine and @sirkensingtons on Instagram.
  2. Leave a comment on the @De_Ma_Cuisine Instagram post announcing the giveaway or on this blog post. You can comment about sheet pan dinners, whether or not you’d buy my cookbook, what Sir Kensington’s products you love the most, or anything else you find interesting.


  1. Giveaway is open to residents of the United States.
  2. Winner will get to select any two Sir Kensington’s vinaigrettes.
  3. Giveaway will close Wednesday November 13, 2019 at 3pmEST.
  4. Winner will be chosen through random drawing.
  5. Winner will be contacted to get their shipping address.

Thanks for sponsoring the giveaway, Sir Kensington’s!

Happy eating and bonne chance!

Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner

Serves 4-6 (with leftovers)



  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Using two baking sheets, toss the chicken and all veggies in 1 cup of Sir Kensington’s dressing. Spread everything out evenly. It’s good if it touches. I like to keep the chicken skin side up, keeping the bottom in contact with the baking sheet. Bake, turning sheets once and stirring the veggies, until the chicken is fully cooked and the veggies are tender inside and browned and crispy outside, about 50-60 minutes (depending on your oven).
  3. While everything roasts, whisk together the remaining vinaigrette and the mayo to make a sauce.
  4. Top veggies with Maldon salt. Serve the veggies and chicken with the sauce poured overtop or on the side for dipping.



July 2019



Shaved Kohlrabi Salad and Thai Sausage – A Cooking Show with Rachel O – Ep. 2

Written by , Posted in A Cooking Show with Rachel O, Condiments, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Herbs, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, Poultry, Quick and Easy, Salads, Sausage, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Do you ever have one of those days where it feels like all the things are piled on your shoulders? Where the budget doesn’t balance, there are spiders in the kitchen, and you need a haircut, but remember that budget? It means you’re gonna DIY that summer do. But then you look outside and take a breath (you don’t actually go out because bugs, plus it’s hot). You scratch the dog’s chin and have a moment of clarity. It frees you to be here, typing away, not worrying about whether the sourdough bread will rise, or if the tomatoes will ever sprout (why even haven’t they?!), or why the wasps like your yard so much. Those things will be dealt with, in time. But, they don’t all need attention right now.

This is what I’m learning these days.

If I’m too far ahead, I’m not in the now. I’m missing out on the good, while I try to muddle through the mediocre and sometimes bad stuff. But, sometimes, out of the bad comes something sweet. Not always. But, often.

When I’m feeling overwhelmed I get caught up in my worry and spin into an endless cycle of too many quesadillas (ok, there can never really be too many) and not enough solid and nutritious meals. I get stuck in remembering the work it takes to put a meal on the table, especially if I’ve just finished an 8 hour day dealing with tourists. Sometimes I just need someone to make food for my face hole so I can eat it while watching Heartland or Schitt’s Creek. But, if I can take a step back once in a while, and this summer is affording me the time to be able to do so, I can remember how much I love to cook. How much joy I find in the monotony of slicing veggies the mandoline. How good cooked food smells. How a well paired beverage completes a meal.

This Shaved Kohlrabi Salad and Thai Sausage is just perfect for this. It’s quick enough to not be a burden. But, there’s a bit of prep required. Barely any, but enough to make you take a second to quiet your brain and just slice for a minute. Then enjoy the shock as you submerge your hands in the ice water to swish the veggies around. It’s hot out. The cold feels good.

This is one of those meals that can be adapted and made a thousand different ways. I was in the mood for Mazzeo’s Spicy Thai Sausage and it paired perfectly with the crispy veggies and their citrusy dressing. Switch things up if you have something different growing in your garden or if you have a favorite kind of sausage. Grill the sausage if you want to get outside. When tomatoes are in season, serve them still warm from the sun, drizzled with dressing. In the colder months, roast some veggies (like carrots, beets, and broccoli) and toss them with the same dressing. You could add a pilaf or quinoa salad on the side. You could serve warm fruit crisp for dessert.

This dish is a reminder to be present, to live simply, and to breathe deeply as you savor the aroma of a good meal.

Happy Eating!

Shaved Kohlrabi Salad and Thai Sausage – Serves 4


  • 1 T canola oil
  • 1 pound Mazzeo’s Spicy Thai Sausage
  • 1 carrot, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • 2 Armenian cucumbers, very thinly sliced
  • 3 kohlrabi, peeled and very thinly sliced
  • ice water
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 T dijon mustard
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 t maple syrup
  • 1/4 C chopped chives
  • Maldon salt, for serving


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil. When the oil is hot add the sausage, cut side down. Cook, turning once or twice, until it’s a bit browned and is cooked through and reaches a safe temperature, about 4-5 minutes on each side.
  • Submerge the cut veggies in ice water and let stand for about 15 minutes.
  • Whisk together the lemon juice, dijon mustard, olive oil, and maple syrup until it has emulsified, then stir in the chives. Toss the veggies with the dressing, using your clean hands.
  • Serve the salad topped with Maldon salt, alongside the sausage.

This episode has been sponsored by Mazzeo’s Meat Market.



May 2019



Udon and Spicy Pork – A Cooking Show with Rachel O – Ep.1

Written by , Posted in A Cooking Show with Rachel O, Condiments, Dairy-Free, Dinner, Herbs, Main Dishes, Meat, Pasta, Pork, Quick and Easy, Sauces, Vegetables

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in this space. I’ve missed it. I’ve been dying to be back.

A month ago, I made the decision to make the best of a situation that was beyond my control. It allowed for some time to be spent working from home. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to start doing the cooking show again. So, I’m gonna try. The format is similar, just set in a different kitchen, in a different state (did you know we moved across the country?).

You with me?

This episode is a better than takeout Udon and Spicy Pork. It’s easy. So easy. The featured ingredients are red cabbage, scallions, udon noodles, and ground pork. Umm, that’s actually most of the ingredient list. I mentioned that it’s simple, right? Yeah. I wasn’t joking. 

I cooked the pork. Easy. I added cabbage. Delicious. I found some scallions that had survived the winter and tossed those in too. Then the sauce is a quick whisk together of tamari, Sriracha, Hoppy Valley Sweet and Hot Pepper Jelly, and rice vinegar. I whisked it with cornstarch and cold water, then added it to the cabbage and pork. That’s it. Dinner without having to wait for delivery.

It wasn’t as spicy as I wanted it to be. So next time I’m adding a whole teaspoon of Sriracha and more of the hot pepper jelly. For my vegan pals, I think you could substitute immature jackfruit (drained from the brine that it’s packed in) or crumbled tofu in place of the pork. For my gluten-free friends, rice noodles would be perfect. Make it however you want. You do you.

I can’t figure out how to add the recipe plugin that I used to use. It’s been one thousand years since I’ve done this. So for now, just take a screen shot and print out the recipe. Do people still print recipes? I don’t know. I’m going to have a glass of wine and watch Schitt’s Creek.

Happy Eating!

Udon and Spicy Pork – Serves 4


  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 red or green cabbage, chopped (should yield about 2 C)
  • 1 bunch scallions, green and white parts, chopped
  • Udon noodles (enough to serve four people)
  • to taste, salt
  • 2 T tamari/soy sauce/liquid aminos
  • 1/4 t (or more like 1 t) Sriracha
  • 3 T (or 1/4 C) red pepper jelly
  • 2 T rice vinegar
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/4 C cold water
  • Crispy onions


  • Cook the udon noodles, reserving 1/2 to 1 cup of the starchy cooking liquid for your sauce.
  • Cook the pork over medium heat until it’s mostly cooked through. This should take a few minutes. Then add the cabbage and cook until it’s tender, but still has a bit of crunch, about 5 minutes. Add the scallions and cook for 1 minute more.
  • While the pork and cabbage cook, whisk together the tamari, Sriracha, red pepper jelly, rice vinegar, cornstarch, and water. Add it to the pork and cabbage mixture and let it thicken. Add the reserved pasta water too. Toss it a few times, then add the cooked udon and toss some more (enough to get everything nicely coated). Taste and add salt if you need it.
  • Top each bowl with some crispy onions (you know, the kind from a jar).



August 2013



It’s About Time – Episode 76

Written by , Posted in A Cooking Show with Rachel O, Abundant Harvest Organics, Breakfast, Brunch, Cheese, Dinner, Eggs, Fruit, Lunch, Main Dishes, Meat, One Dish Dinners, Pork, Quick and Easy, This Week's Feast, Vegetables


Can we all just agree that burritos and tacos are some of the best ever foods? I made some the other week with pickled red onions, beef, and kale. Phenomenal. I’m crazy about plain old ground beef, tomato, lettuce, and cheese (heavy on the Greek yogurt and salsa, please). Make it into a salad? Yes, I’m totally down. And then there’s the less often visited breakfast burrito… We have been strangers for much too long.



Eating while photographing food is inevitable. And yummy. And satisfying. I don’t even need the tortilla to make me happy. But since it holds all the goodness, it can stay.


Two of the many things that make these particular burritos so good: the sausage and the eggs. My experience with breakfast sausage so far in my life has been those greasy little nuggets that are often served at a diner. This ain’t no diner sausage. And these eggs, oh these eggs… They’re some of the prettiest eggs I ever did see. The yolks are so bright; yellow and gold.



I’m glad to no longer be a stranger to the breakfast burrito (which I fully intend to eat at any meal that I please).

Happy Eating!

Breakfast Burritos

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 23 minutes

Total Time: 33 minutes

Yield: 2-4

Breakfast Burritos


  • 6 oz. breakfast sausage
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 summer squash, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 t savory, minced
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 C milk
  • salt, to taste
  • cheese, grated, for topping
  • 1 tomato, chopped, for topping
  • tortillas


  1. Cook sausage in skillet over medium or medium-low heat for about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove to a paper towel lined bowl and set aside. Wipe out skillet (optional).
  2. Add olive oil. When oil is hot, add veggies (except tomato), savory, and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat for 5-7 minutes, or until veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.
  3. Whisk together eggs, milk, and salt.
  4. Add sausage back to pan. Turn heat to low. Add eggs and cook, stirring often, for 4-6 minutes, or until eggs are cooked.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Spoon egg mixture onto tortillas. Top with cheese and tomato. Fold and roll up sides.

Sponsors: Abundant Harvest Organics, Bari Olive Oil Company, Waterfall Creative, Molly Jenson, Llano Seco Organic Pork, Burroughs Family Farms.



July 2013



I’m Baaaaack – Episode 75

Written by , Posted in A Cooking Show with Rachel O, Abundant Harvest Organics, Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, Grains, Herbs, Main Dishes, One Dish Dinners, Rice, This Week's Feast, Vegetables


How many ways are there to eat eggplant? Do you even like eggplant? Or are you a skeptic?

The more I cook with it, the more ways I discover that it tastes good… I didn’t used to be such a fan.

I’ve found that the salting step should not be skipped. Peeling helps too. And then of course it’s best to cook it with things that it goes well with: rice, lemon, zucchini, and tomato, for example.


Oh yeah, and see that scoop of rice? That’s a cup and a half. Doesn’t seem like a lot, right? I think this recipe makes enough for about 6-8 people. Gosh it made a lot. Why do I always forget that a little rice goes a loooooooong way?! Oh well, I will make the leftovers into Chicken and Rice Soup.

Yes, we eat soup in the summer. I don’t care if it’s too hot.



If you don’t want leftovers, invite some friends over for a summer dinner. To go along with the Risotto you could grill some chicken and veggies, toast some cheesy Garlic Bread, drink Mint Iced Tea, and have Vanilla Ice Cream with Roasted Fruit for dessert… I’m in. When do we eat?!

Happy Eating!

Eggplant and Tomato Risotto

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 51 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 21 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Eggplant and Tomato Risotto


  • 2 T olive oil
  • salt (for eggplant)
  • 1 medium-large eggplant, peeled and sliced (about 4 C)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 C)
  • 1 medium zucchini, chopped (about 1 C)
  • 1 medium-large tomato, chopped (about 1 1/2 C)
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 t dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 C Arborio rice
  • 6-8 C chicken stock
  • 1/2 C white wine (opt.)
  • 2 t honey
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 1 C parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  • fresh basil, chopped, for serving


  1. Salt eggplant and leave for 15-30 minutes (to draw out water and reduce bitterness). Rinse and pat dry. Cut into 1/2" cubes.
  2. Add wine and stock to a medium pot. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer (or just cover and keep warm).
  3. Heat a large pot. Add oil. When oil is hot, add all veggies except garlic. Cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add garlic, rice, and seasonings; cook 1 minute.
  5. Add 1 C hot stock to rice mixture. Stir. Cook over medium or medium-low heat, stirring often, until liquid is mostly absorbed. Repeat until rice is cooked (about 20-40 minutes).
  6. Remove from heat. Stir in honey, lemon, cheese, and butter. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  7. Let stand 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve topped with fresh basil and a squeeze of lemon.

Sponsors: Abundant Harvest OrganicsBari Olive Oil CompanyWaterfall Creative, and Molly Jenson.