I took a class a few years back at Sur La Table. I honestly haven’t taken a bad one yet. Maybe a couple of recipes weren’t my absolute favorite, but for the most part they have been amazing. Quite a few of those recipes have been added into my regular repertoire. If you are lacking in cooking skills or want to learn something new, this is one of the most accessible places to start….
My sisters favorite restaurant of all things is IHOP. Why? The syrup. They offer syrups that many people do not keep at home. But all of those syrups (other than maple) can be easily made at home. Here is a quick recipe for homemade raspberry that might compliment recipes like Overnight Yeasty Goodness Waffles or perhaps Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chip Waffles that deserve something special. Even pancakes or even a dessert would work with this as its a perfect balance between tart, sweet, and acidity. My Homemade Raspberry Pancake, Waffle, and Dessert Syrup is a recipe to make some special raspberry syrup at home and it doesn’t require a lot of fancy ingredients….
So you bought Trader Joe’s Umami Paste. Now for the next question: What the hell do you use this for? I wondered the same thing when I bought it. Out of the tube the primary flavor you’ll get is tomato paste. Within the tomato paste flavor you’ll get hints of parmesan cheese, olives, capers, garlic, mushroom powder, vinegar, and anchovy. There is a lot going on in this one little tube. The next obvious problem is that they don’t include any recipes, which they should have. It’s a product I’d like to see kept on the shelves as a permanent item. It should add a lot to anything with an existing tomato base to it. Where is the best place use it? Here is my recipe for Red Wine Braised Short Ribs with Trader Joe’s Umami Paste….