24 May 2012

Trello for Recipes

The company I'm lucky enough to be a part of, Fog Creek Software, makes a very flexible application called Trello.

It's not really a to-do list. It's just a flexible place to put a bunch of stuff online, and edit it and organize it. Really, the tagline says it best: Organize anything, together.

Anyway, I've had friends after me to get some recipes online, so I decided to use Trello to publish some of my recipes and also keep track of the recipes that are in my head, but not written down anywhere.

Right now, it's got some of my recipes, but those are outnumbered by awesome recipes I found online somewhere. Those are already written down, after all.

So here it is, RichCooks Recipes on Trello. You can vote and comment on recipes if you create a Trello account.

15 May 2012

A Simple Ratatouille

Ratatouille gives me the shivers. The sliminess of eggplant, combined with the cooked pastiness of tomato paste, finished with stale dried herbs. I never think, "I want ratatouille."

But the thing is, without giving myself too much credit, I make great ratatouille. I have converted several people.

I love it tossed with orecchiette and topped with cheese, as in this picture (Sorry for the blur. I'm no smittenkitchen.com.)

Finished with garden-grown chives and a chive flower, this was a simple, healthful vegetarian dinner, and it's really simple.

I've started keeping my recipes publicly available on trello.com. Thus, when I improve and tweak them, they're not frozen in time in a blog post.

Here's the link to my ratatouille recipe. The basic idea is you get one of each vegetable involved, chop, saute over medium heat in the correct order, toss in a can of diced tomatoes, and you're done. I might try this again with fresh tomato once they're in season.