I’m not usually this ahead of the game. Still a week out from Thanksgiving and am already menu planning. Typically, I’m trying to figure this out the day before or the day of. Organization is not my forte. From a food standpoint, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey (and giving thanks, of course). For me, … Continue Reading

I’ve recently gotten into the PBS series Mind of a Chef, which premiered in November 2012 (have quite a few seasons to binge watch). The series combines travel, cooking, history, science and humor. Each season brings with it new chefs and recipes. It’s interesting to learn how each chef’s cultural identity, family upbringing, and sense of place have … Continue Reading

As the temperatures gradually begin to rise, our thoughts turn to alfresco dining and outdoor grilling. Come spring, I also like to dust off the smoker that’s been standing by idly in my basement all winter long. Nothing hardcore, just an electric smoker, but it does the job. I love its ease of use: turn … Continue Reading

Now that we have fresh homemade tortillas, let’s make some tacos. I’m constantly searching for a tasty vegetarian taco. While I’m by no means a vegetarian, have never crossed paths with a vegetable I didn’t like (well, with the exception of beets — despite years of trying to embrace them). I’ve even tried making beet … Continue Reading

Who doesn’t like tacos? As with any good taco, it all starts with the humble tortilla. I’m talking corn tortillas (no flour tortillas here). And while you certainly don’t need to make your own tortillas, I’m here to gently convince you that you can and you should. Warm, freshly made corn tortillas right off the … Continue Reading