Blood oranges have a relatively short window.  So, when they made their annual appearance, I immediately snatched up a basketful.  Blood oranges look unassuming enough from the outside. Their skin, not much different from a typical ‘orange’ orange, with flecks of deep orangy-red. However, when you slice open a blood orange, pizazz…the most vibrant … Continue Reading

 Oh mole, you had me at chiles and chocolate. Simple and mole are two words that don’t go hand in hand.  On the contrary, mole is a classic and complex Mexican sauce that may include chiles, seeds, nuts, spices, fruit, bread/tortillas, herbs, chocolate, etc. When I lived in Chicago, there were several [small neighborhood] Mexican restaurants … Continue Reading

  Received a new cookbook for my birthday back in November (one can never have too many cookbooks; for me, cookbooks are better than shoes).  This one.  After perusing it, I bookmarked several recipes; the vadouvan spice mix was at the top of my list. Vadouvan appears to be en vogue at the moment.  A … Continue Reading

Asparagus season is upon us… Am always excited about first of the season asparagus.  But I think I may have gone a bit overboard in the decadent department. I wrapped the asparagus stalks in speck and roasted them in the oven.   Speck…have you tried it?  It’s like prosciutto, but dare I say, better.  It’s … Continue Reading

Do you want to know the “secret” to making food taste good?  Psst, come a little closer.  You ready? There are three things… Hint, hint.  In the word’s of Julia Child “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.”    Yep, you guessed it: 1) butter; 2) cream; and 3) salt.   Okay, maybe it’s a bit … Continue Reading