Smoked trout brandade was part of a spread that I created for the now-defunct Spoonful magazine (RIP). The theme for that issue was “smoke.” I spent a lot of time and energy honing these recipes (not to mention the multiple iterations of my editorial write-up), but the magazine, unfortunately, went under before the issue (and my recipes) made … 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 can’t believe it’s the end of August beginning of September. Where did the summer go? Way too short. I made it to the beach only once and it was just for the day 🙁 Hopefully I’ll find my way back to the Shore (I’m in Philly now, so it’s the Jersey Shore) and when that … Continue Reading

It’s been cold here as of late (Brrr, temps in the single digits with Chicago-like winds).  Beyond soups and stews, I’m craving hearty, stick-to-your-bones, comfort food. I’m a BIG fan of smoked fish.  Well, actually, I love just about anything that comes out of a smoker/smokehouse.  Perhaps it’s in my DNA.  Is there a gene … 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