I’ve never met a chile pepper, hot sauce, or chile-based condiment that I didn’t like. Do you have an affinity for heat? Don’t you just love that endorphin, light-headed, nose-running, tongue-numbing, feel-good-all-over rush you get when you eat something spicy? Somewhere along the way I discovered yuzu and yuzu kosho. Yuzu, an ever-so-fragrant and utterly aromatic, … Continue Reading

I love discovering new and interesting ingredients. I like seeking out the less than usual. I crave diversity. I often see comments (in the context of cookbook reviews) that a given cookbook had too many odd/unusual or hard to find ingredients. Fair enough. On the other hand, ‘odd’ is a bit subjective. I guess there’s a … Continue Reading

When the weather turns cool, I tend to embrace low-and-slow braised comfort food. My trusted and beloved Dutch Oven gets its fair share of use on such occasions. On those lazy days, I love to crawl up with a cook book or binge watch my favorite tv series, as the meat braises away, warming the … Continue Reading

Within the past few days, I’ve cleaned out my local grocer of their supply of blood oranges. I can’t get enough of them. Wasn’t planning on doing anything in particular with them, save for enjoying them. Not everything needs to be blogged about, right? Well, that was a short-lived notion. When I sliced open the … Continue Reading

Today, homemade pasta therapy  — a quick and much-needed respite from the craziness of the world. There’s something therapeutic about homemade pasta. Perhaps it’s the joy of creating something by hand. Creating art in the form of food, thinking about how it will be presented on the plate (after all, we eat with our eyes … Continue Reading