Hats off to all you bakers out there.  I must admit, I’m not a huge baker (well, besides experimenting with bread, that is).  Compared to cooking, I find baking a bit of a chore.  Probably has to do with the fact that I just don’t bake much and am not as confident in my baking … Continue Reading

Am typically inclined to make everything from scratch. Case in point: I got up at 5:30 this morning so I could make this pie for Patrick’s work holiday party. Probably not on most peoples’ agenda first thing in the morning. Nonetheless, in the wee hours of the morning I was busy grinding, toasting, melting, and … Continue Reading

The connection between food and memory is powerful. Most of my fondest food memories are from experiences later in life, including recent Mediterranean travels, as food was not a big deal in my family growing up (and I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since). The first time I had sea urchin was … Continue Reading

Pulpo a la Gallega (Octopus Cooked in the Galician Style) I love pulpo (octopus), be it grilled, boiled, baked, or braised in tomato sauce (I’m not aware of any other preparations [fried is not an option] at present). This particular preparation, known as Pulpo a la Gallega — which is seasoned with sea salt, olive … Continue Reading

Woke up around 6:30 a.m. this Wednesday morning, December 2, 2010, and was inspired to whip up a batch of pickled chipotles (courtesy of Rick Bayless). Isn’t this what everybody does when they wake up in the morning? This condiment is made with morita chile peppers, which are smoke-dried jalapenos, and has a nice balance of … Continue Reading