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

I am a big fan of Naomi Duguid’s cookbook Burma: Rivers of Flavor. When I think about the types of food I most enjoy, those featured in her book immediately come to mind. Humble and fresh at their base, with layer upon layer of flavor. Today, I’ve prepared two salads from Duguid’s book (both slightly altered to my taste). Some … Continue Reading

I love pasta. I love eating pasta. I love making pasta. I love rolling pasta out by hand; I find it therapeutic. In fact, a couple years back, I did a one-week pasta class with a former chef from Flour + Water while at the Dublin Cookery School in Ireland. It was such a fun week … Continue Reading

I’m not a huge carnivore, but every so often I find myself craving a piece of meat. On such occasions, I’ll take lamb or duck over beef any day of the week. While a whole duck can surely be a challenge to cook, a duck breast is much more straightforward and forgiving. The key is to start cooking the … Continue Reading

Sometimes I can be an impulsive buyer. It’s so easy nowadays, it just takes one click…should I buy, should I buy, as my mouse hovers over the Amazon complete purchase button. Click. There have been a few impulsive purchases over the years. There was the ice cream machine (and aspirations of being the next Ben … Continue Reading