As the temperatures gradually begin to rise, our thoughts turn to alfresco dining and outdoor grilling. Come spring, I also like to dust off the smoker that’s been standing by idly in my basement all winter long. Nothing hardcore, just an electric smoker, but it does the job. I love its ease of use: turn … Continue Reading

I love spring. It’s my favorite time of the year. Spring brings with it new beginnings and new growth. This includes many of my favorite vegetables: stinging nettle, asparagus, fiddlehead ferns, green garlic, chive blossoms, strawberries (ok, and one fruit), and, of course, ramps — signs that spring and all her glory are in full swing. If only spring lasted 12 months; … Continue Reading

I have an affinity for big, bold flavors. This Indian-spiced roasted cauliflower checks both boxes and has been a mainstay in my kitchen for years. Herbs and spices are the keys to heightening flavor. Take cauliflower, it’s rather bland on its own. Who likes raw cauliflower? Blah. But add some herbs and spices, roast it … Continue Reading

I am a big fan of Naomi Duguid’s cookbook Burma: Rivers of Flavor. When I think about the types of food I most enjoy, those featured in her book immediately come to mind. Humble and fresh at their base, with layer upon layer of flavor. Today, I’ve prepared two salads from Duguid’s book (both slightly altered to my taste). Some … Continue Reading

A new year means another 365 (minus 7, 8, 9, 10, tick tock, tick tock) days of eating. There’s a world of food and flavors out there that my taste buds are eager to discover. What foods/dishes are on your list to eat and/or cook in 2017? You probably didn’t think twice before reaching for the … Continue Reading