Thank goodness for this butcher block. Without it, we would have zero counter space (city apartments are just not made for cooking). Now I understand why people use their ovens for storage. A few years back while living in Chicago, we rented a van and drove to Effingham, Illinois, a remote, little town where Boos … Continue Reading

On any given day, ideas for dinner at our place typically evolve as follows (you would think I had it all planned out ahead of time, but that is rarely the case): [via text message] me: Dinner ideas??? p: salmon (if it were up to Patrick, we would have salmon, in one form or another, … Continue Reading

After a heavy Thanksgiving meal and next-day leftovers, perhaps a light and refreshing salad is calling your name. This is a delicious, winter-appropriate, grapefruit salad with layers of flavor, texture, and crunch. It’s not your boring old salad by any means. It’s bright and colorful, and certain to wake up your taste buds. Love when … Continue Reading

My taste buds were craving something a bit different.  Something out of the ordinary. Hmm…. Then I remembered this salad — a Laotian-style crispy rice salad — I had at a little hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop restaurant in Falls Church, VA.  Bangkok Golden is an unassuming place from the outside and is located in a nondescript strip mall.  Notwithstanding, when you enter and … Continue Reading

This is a simple little salad that I was turned on to a few weeks ago at a Japanese restaurant in Brooklyn, NY.  By looks alone, it — kinpira gobo (braised burdock root) — might not seem all that impressive.  However, there’s more to this salad than meets the eye.  Let your taste buds be the … Continue Reading