I certainly understand the need for quick and easy meals. While I’m always thinking about food and that next meal, in reality, time is often the limiting factor. There just never seems to be enough of it. I work a 9-to-5 job, on top of juggling this blog and other food-related projects. While I love … Continue Reading

I love discovering new and interesting ingredients. I like seeking out the less than usual. I crave diversity. I often see comments (in the context of cookbook reviews) that a given cookbook had too many odd/unusual or hard to find ingredients. Fair enough. On the other hand, ‘odd’ is a bit subjective. I guess there’s a … Continue Reading

I snagged all the end-of-the-season red chiles I could get my hands on at the farmers’ market a few weeks back. Red jalapeño, Espelette (a French [Basque] chile), Urfa Biber (a Turkish chile; I grew these in my garden), and a handful of chiles, which I suspect were cayenne.With an abundance of chiles, you can: … Continue Reading

When the weather turns cool, I tend to embrace low-and-slow braised comfort food. My trusted and beloved Dutch Oven gets its fair share of use on such occasions. On those lazy days, I love to crawl up with a cook book or binge watch my favorite tv series, as the meat braises away, warming the … Continue Reading

I’m not usually this ahead of the game. Still a week out from Thanksgiving and am already menu planning. Typically, I’m trying to figure this out the day before or the day of. Organization is not my forte. From a food standpoint, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey (and giving thanks, of course). For me, … Continue Reading