About

Diablo Kitchen is my food and cooking blog. I live at the foot of Mount Diablo in California, hence the name of the blog. I will use it to post articles about anything food, from a nice new restaurant or a great new cook book to a step by step description on how I make my bacon or other things. Hopefully it’ll be a fun site to visit, at least it’ll be my online food diary that I can access from anywhere.

I am German but live in the Bay Area for many years. I am however less and less happy with the quality of food you can find in the supermarket and am on a slow mission to make more things myself, be it baking or curing meat or trying my hands at cheese. And I love to cook, I don’t mind spending a couple hours in the kitchen if I can find the time. I probably love the cooking more than the eating, though it’s a close call.

We love to go to good restaurants, but don’t have many options, as we have two little kids. If we can, we then to go to something more fancy or different than just the corner pizza or burger place. Since we go out less than we used to, we justify spending a bit more for something I could not or would not want to make myself.

Me being German might also explain my sometimes running sentences. I try to keep things short :-)

Grab a seat and enjoy what’s on the menu! Leave a comment if you like or dislike something, if you like to add something or find an error. Because of spam comments I have to ask you to register before leaving a comment, rest assured that I’ll never give out your e-mail address or any other information.

Thanks for stopping by!

Oliver

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Sept 2, 2009

  1. September 16th, 2009 at 18:45 | #1

    Oliver, I was just reading your post about pizza over at egullet. I read where you mentioned the Big Green Egg and thought you might be interested in my last post:

    http://sausagedebauchery.blogspot.com/2009/09/wood-fired-beautyright-back-at-ya-larbo.html

  2. Oliver
    September 16th, 2009 at 19:27 | #2

    Thanks Scott, that looks fantastic! I think I’ll head over to the bbq store this weekend. That thing cranks some heat, wow!

    Oliver

  3. Taperachi
    October 28th, 2009 at 16:35 | #3

    Yo Oliver !
    Nice job on the blog – I liked your salmon steaks…ever try cooking salmon on a cedar plank?
    Its pretty yummy – I bake it on that wood after soaking the wood for an hour or so in water.
    The cedar plank puts just a touch of woody taste to the fish and it blends well with the unique salmon taste.

    I do this on the BBQ – salmon tends to make the kitchen smell funky for two days..!!

  4. Oliver
    October 28th, 2009 at 20:33 | #4

    Hi Larry, thanks! There are more articles going back, I’m trying to figure out how to build some kind of content page. I have planked before, a long time ago. I just got a Big Green Egg kamado style oven thing, love it and will be using planks on it very soon :-)
    Come over for dinner sometime!
    Agree with the salmon/kitchen smell, I don’t do that indoors anymore either. And cooking with fire is more fun anyway :-)

  5. December 27th, 2009 at 06:06 | #5

    While I already knew I regularly make perfect scrambled
    eggs, I didn’t realize Gordon Ramsey follows my technique.
    Just don’t remember him spying in my kitchen. If you love
    your hens, never overcook the eggs!

    For Xmas I made a pot roast with special ingredients including
    leeks, turnips, and brussel sprouts. Also made candied yams
    for the first time. Didn’t realize how easy that is. Yummm.
    I’m discovering how often substituting turnips for potatoes
    really cranks the taste up.

    Hope you saw my latest on smoked pig ribs: http://www.moonarbor.net/wild-boar/

    Keep the home fires burning, Ollie!

  6. Oliver
    December 27th, 2009 at 09:30 | #6

    yeah, you never know where those nosy chefs stick their – well – nose. I wish I had chicken, I even could, if I could come up with some idea for the approx 4 weeks I spend in Germany each year. We’ll see….

    Had not seen that boar story, wow! I think I would have a) gone inside or at least b) gone to the emergency room first, then butchered! Or is that a ways away? Sure wish I could have had a taste, how was it?

    I’m gonna smoke either some pork or beef today, the fires will keep burning!

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