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December 2013



Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Appetizers, Beef, Cheese, Dinner, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Main Dishes, Meat, Sides, Snacks, Vegetables


What can I really say about Sliders? I mean, how many ways can I say delicious? I love a good burger. I really love a good slider… because then I get to eat more than one!! (Plus, they’re little and cute.)


I think it’s fun to get creative with food. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a pickle, mustard, and onion burger. You know, the usual. But, let’s try something else.

You know how delectable caramelized onions are on a crostini with melty gorgonzola? You do know this, right? If not, stop reading and make a quick snack. You’ve got to try these flavors together. Ok, now that you’re back, let’s discuss the sweet caramelized onions and how well they pair with tangy gorgonzola. Is your mind blown? I know. I’ve been there. (Another mind blowing option: gorgonzola, roasted figs, baguette, and honey. Do this. Go there. You gotta!)

If you are not the biggest fan of gorgonzola, Tim can sympathize. I made his without. But with mustard and pickles. That’s cool. Cool cool cool. We don’t have to have the exact same taste in food.



Caramelized onions are one of my favorite things. Does it ever just flabbergast you that this vegetable, so pungent, so intense, could ever be mellowed out? I’m amazed at what a little heat and some honey can do. I’m glad that we don’t just have to eat bland, flavorless, boring food. That’d be so lame. I’m totally not into that. I want big, bold flavors. I want surprising new tastes (um, I don’t mean like trying Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, where you expect lemon and get rotten egg). I crave the experience of enjoying food.

For all this, we have Sliders topped with caramelized onions and gorgonzola. C’est très très bon.


Happy Eating!

Sliders with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Appetizer, Dinner, Meat, Beef, Cheese, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 2-3
Cute little sliders with big taste.
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 T honey
  • pinch dried thyme
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 t salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1/4 t thyme
  • 1 T olive oil
  • Gorgonzola cheese, sliced
  • 6 mini burger buns, halved
  1. Add onion, pinch thyme, and honey to a dry skillet. Cook over low heat for 25-30 minutes, or until onions are caramelized.
  2. Combine beef, vinegar, salt, pepper, and thyme in a bowl. Mix with hands (do not over mix). Shape into 6 small patties. Press thumb into center to create a small indent.
  3. Heat skillet. Add oil. When hot, add patties, and cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes. Flip, and cook covered, for 3-5 minutes more, or until a meat thermometer registers 160F.
  4. Remove from heat. Top with gorgonzola and cover. Let stand for a few minutes.
  5. Serve on a bun topped with caramelized onions.



December 2013



Three Bean Chili – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Beans, Beef, Dinner, Fruit, Gluten Free, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Legumes, Main Dishes, Meat, One Dish Dinners, Soups, Vegetables


Beans beans beans. I love beans. I wonder if I have too many foods that I love. Nah. I just had this awful thought, “What if I hated as many foods as I love!?” That would be terrible. Let’s not even go down that path. Shudder…



I have made chili about one million different ways. Long before I knew I liked to cook, eons before blogging was even a thing, I liked to make chili. Back then I thought it tasted good. I have no idea if it actually did, since I don’t time travel (I think that that’s the second time I’ve mentioned time travel on here in a short time… I’m cool with that… Tim should be very proud). I suppose that as my chili recipe has evolved, so has the taste. It’s a good thing to learn, grow, change, don’t you think? I mean, if we go deep for a minute, would I want to be the person I was a year ago, 5 years ago, 10, 15, or 20 years ago? Heavens no. I’ve learned, I’ve changed, I hope that I’ve become a better version of myself. As we mature, that’s what tends to happen.

Kinda like a good chili. The recipe changes over the years. Ingredients are added and subtracted, cooking times speed up and slow down. The chili itself gets deeper and richer as time passes, gently simmering over the fire. A great metaphor for our lives I think. I want to be chili. With a depth, a richness, a savory quality that can only come from years of well seasoned living.




This is a well seasoned, deep chili. It can cook for a shorter time or you can let it go for longer. It’s simple, yet rich. It’s hearty. It will fill you right up, but might leave you wanting more, because it tastes so good. It’s perfect with your favorite cornbread. Um, but then what isn’t? Cornbread is one of those foods that I could eat forever. I like it cold the next day, standing in front of the fridge with the door open, starving, needing a snack. It is the perfect solution to that problem. It’s great heated up in the toaster with a fried egg for breakfast. Or, with the leftover chili. That’s always a good idea.


Here’s to lives and food that have depth, richness, and are well seasoned.

Happy Eating!

Three Bean Chili
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Dinner, Soup, Chili, Hearty, Stove Top, One Dish Dinner, Easy, Meat, Beef, Legumes, Beans, Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 1 C onion, chopped
  • 1 serrano pepper, ribs and seeds removed, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 C black beans
  • 1 C kidney beans
  • 1 C cranberry beans
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t ginger
  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t sweet paprika
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 2 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 C vegetable stock (beef or chicken would work too)
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 t butter
  1. Heat soup pot and add beef. Break up and cook for a few minutes. Add onion and serrano pepper, and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add garlic, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and tomato. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Add beans, seasonings, stock, and honey. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
  5. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  6. Serve with your favorite cornbread.

Happy Eating!



December 2013



Orzo Pasta with Kale and Italian Sausage – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Herbs, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Main Dishes, Meat, Pasta, Pork, Quick and Easy, Sausage, Vegetables


Something weird happened. I discovered that I’d never tried Orzo pasta. What?! Why!? Don’t worry, I rectified it. I need to issue an apology to Orzo pastas everywhere. I was sticking to my usuals: rotini, penne, and spaghetti. I can’t believe I was missing out for all these years.

Now I know.


We’re getting in to the season of greens. Hooray! Yippee! Let’s rejoice! I love to eat greens. I love beet greens, collard greens, and kale. Spinach is awesome, mustard greens are spicy-good, and swiss chard is pretty looking and tastes great.

They’re packed with nutrients (hello vitamins A and C, calcium and magnesium, potassium and folic acid*). They are so easy to make (hello salads, wilted or sautéed, and in a frittata). And, they taste really good.

I like to eat greens just about any way I can think to make them. Add them to a soup? Yes! Bake them and make chips? Please! Purée them and make pesto? Obviously! And then there’s one of my super favorite ways: wilted. Wilted wilted wilted.


Let’s talk about a spicy sausage that you can feel good about eating. Llano Seco makes an amazing Italian Sausage. How cool that they treat their little piggies so well. Why can’t all meat farmers do this? Use it if you can. Trust me on this one. (Oh and while you’re at it, you might as well buy some bacon, and ham, and Argentine sausage… ok just buy everything. This is seriously tasty pork.)




It’s a simple meal, with honest, delicious ingredients. Cream, sausage, greens, pasta… you’re done. It will be ready in a flash. Oh this is gonna be good!


Happy Eating!

Orzo Pasta with Kale and Italian Sausage
Recipe Type: Main Dishes, Dinner, Pasta, Vegetables, Sausage, Meat, Pork, Greens, Stove Top, Quick and Easy
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 4
  • 1/2 lb. orzo pasta (dry)
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 Italian sausages, sliced into rounds
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 bunches kale, sliced into ribbons
  • 1/4 t red pepper flakes
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1/4 t thyme
  • 1/2 C pasta water
  • 1/4 C cream
  • 1/4 C parmesan cheese, grated, for topping
  1. Cook pasta. Reserve 1/2 C pasta water.
  2. Heat skillet. Add oil. When oil is hot, add sausages. Cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add garlic, seasonings, and half of the kale. Using tongs, pull up from bottom and toss, letting kale wilt. As it decreases in volume add more. Turn to low and cook for 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Remove from heat. Add pasta water and cream. Taste and adjust seasonings if needed.
  5. Serve kale mixture over or tossed with pasta. Top with parmesan cheese.

Sources: (*) Nutrition Almanac, 2002‚ Lavon J. Dunne.



November 2013



Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Cheese, Dinner, Fruit, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Lunch, Pasta, Roasting, Vegetables, Vegetarian


I’ve said it time and time and time and time again. Pasta is one of my go-to meals for a quick and easy dinner. It has come to the rescue many times. It just happens, doesn’t it? The dinner hour arrives and there’s nothing to eat… dun dun dun.


Usually my solution is to boil some salted water for pasta and sauté some veggies. But, this time, I thought that it might be nice to get a little more creative.

One of my favorite, all time best, totally the yummiest ways to eat veggies is when they are roasted. Don’t even get me started on how they taste… Ok do. They get kinda sweet, a bit nutty, crispy outside, tender inside. I can eat a whole pan by myself. No joke. I usually make extra because I know how much I want on my plate, and I know that I have to share with Tim. Yes, I’m selfish that way. I don’t like to share my roasted veggies.



I liked shells for this dish, but I think elbows would be delicious, rotini could be amazing, maybe even orzo would be good… You get it. Use the pasta that you and your family love best. I just like the shells because the sauce seems to get trapped and makes each bite so much yummier. Oh, and also, they’re multi-colored and they look fun.


Maybe it’s a pasta night tonight. There are endless ways to make it great.

Happy Eating!

Mac and Cheese with Roasted Veggies
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Pasta, Cheese, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Roasting, Stove Top, Oven
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 4
  • 1 small head garlic, top sliced off
  • drizzle of olive oil (for garlic)
  • 3 C summer squash, cut into large chunks
  • 1 1/2 C tomato, cut into large chunks
  • 1 C onion, cut into large chunks
  • olive oil (for veggies)
  • salt (for veggies)
  • pasta
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 T all purpose flour
  • 2 C milk
  • 1/2 C pasta water
  • 1 to 1 1/2 C cheese (pepper jack and parmesan)
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 1 t unsalted butter
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Drizzle garlic with olive oil and wrap in foil. Place on a baking sheet a roast for 15 minutes.
  3. Toss veggies with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add to garlic baking sheet and continue to bake for about 25-30 minutes more.
  4. Cook pasta, reserving 1/2 C starchy water for sauce before draining.
  5. Heat a medium pot. Add 2 T olive oil. When hot, whisk in flour. Cook for 30-60 seconds. Slowly add milk, a little at a time, whisking and letting it thicken between additions. Heat until steam rises, but do not boil (sauce may break). Add pasta water.
  6. Remove from heat and whisk in cheese, a bit at a time. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Mash 6 cloves of roasted garlic and whisk into sauce. Stir in butter. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  8. Combine pasta with veggies and sauce. Let it stand a few minutes before serving.




November 2013



Chicken Pot Pie – In the Kitchen with Rachel O – Video

Written by , Posted in Baking, Dinner, Herbs, In the Kitchen with Rachel O, Leftovers, Main Dishes, Meat, One Dish Dinners, Potatoes, Poultry, Vegetables


It’s cold. It’s fall. It’s the perfect weather for Chicken Pot Pie.

I would, I could, I will eat it any time of year. But, I especially love to eat cozy foods when the weather co-operates.


Chicken Pot Pie is one of my favorites. That might be why I have made it twice, once on each show. 😉 You can see the original here.

I don’t know if I’ve ever not liked it. I mean, can you really go wrong with a flaky crust (I used Aimée’s recipe this time, yum!), sautéed veggies, and a creamy sauce?! You are shaking your head no too, right?




I would almost be happy just to look at it. Even the one I made for the most recent show, as ugly as I made it (I had some trouble crimping the crust… I think I need more practice), still looked amazing. But, then you cut into it… Steam pours out and you get a whiff. Oh that filling… And you know that you have to eat it right away. Something this good just can’t be made to wait.


Happy Eating!

Chicken Pot Pie
Recipe Type: Main Dish, Dinner, Meat, Chicken, Poultry, Vegetables, Stove Top, Oven, Baking
Cuisine: American
Author: Rachel Oberg – De Ma Cuisine
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Serves: 4-6
A classic comfort food, this Chicken Pot Pie is perfect for a cool fall evening.
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 C carrots, chopped or diced
  • 1 onion, chopped or diced
  • 1 C potatoes, chopped or diced
  • 1 C zucchini, chopped or diced
  • 1 t fresh savory, chopped
  • 1/4 t dried rosemary
  • 1/4 t dried thyme
  • 1/4 t dried oregano
  • 1/4 t dried parsley
  • to taste, salt
  • to taste, pepper
  • 3/4 C peas (frozen are fine)
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1-2 T lemon juice
  • 1/2 t dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 to 2 C cooked chicken, shredded
  • 2 T all purpose flour (or 1 T cornstarch for gluten free)
  • 1 1/2 C cold water (or stock)
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1 pie crust
  • 1 egg white, beaten with a fork
  1. Pre-heat oven to 375F.
  2. Heat ovenproof skillet. Add olive oil. Add carrots through pepper. Cook for 10-15 minutes, or until veggies are tender, over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add garlic, chicken, peas, dijon, and lemon juice. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Whisk flour (or cornstarch) and water. Add to pan. Bring to a boil and let it thicken for a few minutes. Add milk and cook a few minutes more, but do not boil.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
  6. Top with crust (be careful, the pan is hot) and crimp edges with fingers or a fork. Brush with egg white. Make three or four slits in the center of the crust.
  7. Place ovenproof skillet on a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the crust is golden and flaky.