I’m not a huge carnivore, but every so often I find myself craving a piece of meat. On such occasions, I’ll take lamb or duck over beef any day of the week. While a whole duck can surely be a challenge to cook, a duck breast is much more straightforward and forgiving. The key is to start cooking the … Continue Reading

I’m always in search of ways to prepare “greens” beyond my usual routine of sautéing them in a pan with olive oil, fresh garlic, salt and pepper (and often, a generous dash of of hot sauce). Gnudi are an Italian (Tuscan) classic. As the name implies, gnudi are literally nude (nudi/naked), the ravioli filling without it’s … Continue Reading

I have a chile pepper addiction. The common name for this condition is chile head (aka heat seeker). I have designated a large amount of real estate in my tiny urban garden to growing chiles…jalapenos, habaneros, and Padron peppers. Out of all the plants in my little vegetable patch, the chiles, by far, have been the most productive (plus the … Continue Reading

I can’t believe it’s the end of August beginning of September. Where did the summer go? Way too short. I made it to the beach only once and it was just for the day 🙁 Hopefully I’ll find my way back to the Shore (I’m in Philly now, so it’s the Jersey Shore) and when that … Continue Reading

Sometimes I can be an impulsive buyer. It’s so easy nowadays, it just takes one click…should I buy, should I buy, as my mouse hovers over the Amazon complete purchase button. Click. There have been a few impulsive purchases over the years. There was the ice cream machine (and aspirations of being the next Ben … Continue Reading