I happily consumed a fair amount of caponata while recently exploring Sicily. You’ll find it on just about every menu. Essentially, caponata is sweet and sour eggplant (agrodolce). Agro=sour and dolce=sweet. At its core, caponata is a combination of eggplant, onions, celery, tomatoes, vinegar, capers, and olives, sweetened with a bit of sugar. Some versions … Continue Reading

Spent several relaxing weeks in Italy — three weeks in Sicily with a few days in Rome on the tail end. This was my second time in Sicily. My first visit was back in 2011. Six years between visits is far too long. Needless to say, I was very eager to return. While there’s only so much you … Continue Reading

Popularity. Trendiness. Those aren’t my angles. And I’m not sure this post will garner any new friends, though all are welcome here. I would rather that food unite rather than divide us, but fully understand that people have strong feelings about eating certain foods, including rabbit. But… I’m a curious person and an adventurous eater. This site is … Continue Reading

I’ve recently gotten into the PBS series Mind of a Chef, which premiered in November 2012 (have quite a few seasons to binge watch). The series combines travel, cooking, history, science and humor. Each season brings with it new chefs and recipes. It’s interesting to learn how each chef’s cultural identity, family upbringing, and sense of place have … Continue Reading

I love big, bold flavors. Dishes with lots of spice. Am definitely not opposed to a touch of endorhpin-triggering heat (yeah, okay, I have a tendency to add hot sauce or chile oil to just about everything), though sometimes you just need to step back and appreciate something in its unadulterated state, as nature intended. This … Continue Reading