This colorful bowl of soup was inspired by a dish (Gaeng Som or Hot Sour Curry) that I recently enjoyed at a local Thai restaurant. This weekend finds at a local farmers’ market, which featured, among other things, purple and orange cauliflower, fresh young ginger, Napa cabbage, and green beans. This soup strikes just the … Continue Reading

While I’ve spent the past 10 years in Chicago (wow, time really flies), am an East Coaster all the way. Grew up in Maryland, attended the University of Maryland (go Terps!), and love the Chesapeake blue crab (in my humble opinion, the best type of crab; maybe I’m a bit biased). Chesapeake blue crab is … Continue Reading

It all started with some fresh cranberry beans. Well, okay, let me back up a bit.  It actually started with the memory of a wonderful dish I had at the La Boqueria in Barcelona — Squid and White Beans with Balamic Reduction. A rather unusual breakfast, on my first day in Barcelona. So when I … Continue Reading

You might be thinking, two squid posts in a row, what gives? I know, I know, but besides the squid, these two dishes could not be more dissimilar.  The former, a slow braised Italian-influenced squid dish in a tomato and wine reduction, the latter, a quick wok-fired preparation with Asian flavors. I enjoyed them equally. The … Continue Reading

I love shopping for food. Usually go grocery shopping most days of the week. Typically, I start with a recipe, and then get the requisite ingredients; sometimes, I find an ingredient that inspires me and build upon that. This is usually the case when the farmers’ market is in season; see what’s available that day, … Continue Reading