On a trip to Sicily many moons ago, I first became acquainted with squid ink. Rather, I fell in love with squid ink over a plate of homemade pasta in a thick squid ink sauce in Marzamemi, a picturesque fishing village on the southeast tip of Sicily. It was like nothing I had ever tasted … Continue Reading

A new year means another 365 (minus 7, 8, 9, 10, tick tock, tick tock) days of eating. There’s a world of food and flavors out there that my taste buds are eager to discover. What foods/dishes are on your list to eat and/or cook in 2017? You probably didn’t think twice before reaching for the … Continue Reading

Lots of people go gaga over the first sighting of ramps (aka wild leeks), and I’ll admit, I’m right up there with the best of them (call me a ramp fanatic). But there’s so much more to get excited about this time of year than the revered ramp. One vegetable in particular that I highly … Continue Reading

After a heavy Thanksgiving meal and next-day leftovers, perhaps a light and refreshing salad is calling your name. This is a delicious, winter-appropriate, grapefruit salad with layers of flavor, texture, and crunch. It’s not your boring old salad by any means. It’s bright and colorful, and certain to wake up your taste buds. Love when … Continue Reading

My taste buds were craving something a bit different.  Something out of the ordinary. Hmm…. Then I remembered this salad — a Laotian-style crispy rice salad — I had at a little hole-in-the-wall, mom-and-pop restaurant in Falls Church, VA.  Bangkok Golden is an unassuming place from the outside and is located in a nondescript strip mall.  Notwithstanding, when you enter and … Continue Reading