Am constantly trying to satisfy my endless craving for something just a little bit different.  Today, I smoked a whole chicken.  I think that checks the box.  And, I must say, YUM!!! Smoking a  whole chicken? In your kitchen? On your stove top? Really? I live in an apartment complex (at the moment) … 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

  Come spring, can’t wait to get my hands on the likes of favas, morels, ramps, asparagus, strawberries, and green peas…some of life’s simple pleasures.  Freshly shucked green peas, which bear no resemblance to their mushy, canned counterparts, are simply divine when cooked in a little butter.  Notwithstanding, when I look beyond these spring favorites, … Continue Reading

Sometimes I have a craving for meat. I’ll let you in on a little secret, red meat is not bad for you.  However, there is a caveat — you get [health, environmental] benefits from animals that are pasture-raised; animals that spend their days grazing and living in open, green pastures and are attended to by … Continue Reading

This doesn’t exactly look like chicken you say? What are these mysterious skewers of meat?? Heart. Chicken heart, to be exact…hope I didn’t scare you away just yet. I first discovered heart a few years back at one of my favorite Chicago restaurants — Publican. They prepared their heart [duck heart] crostini-style with a sauce … Continue Reading