Recently discovered Rancho Gordo Beans.  Was curious to try them given all the positive “press” (rave reviews). Were they really that good?  Worth the price, at around $6 for a 1-pound bag? They’re just beans after all, right? To most, a bean is just a bean, but to some a bean signifies so much more. … 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

While I’m an equal opportunity eater — love meat, fish, and vegetables, and would even try insects (cricket tacos, perhaps) if given the opportunity — I enjoy making vegetables the star of a dish. You don’t always need to add bacon to make things taste good (of course, bacon is yummy and does have its … Continue Reading

  There was a time, just a few years back, when cooking meat intimidated me and was completely outside my comfort zone.  But now, I find myself seeking out the often overlooked and underappreciated parts/pieces, such as liver, heart, and cheeks, to experiment with at home.  In the past, would have been intrigued by goat … Continue Reading

Wanted to try Anson Mills polenta, but they have a four-bag minimum per order.  So, I ordered two bags of polenta, a bag of hominy, and a bag of farro — with no real plan for what to do with them.  Sometimes I have a sudden whim, but then a new idea springs to mind … Continue Reading