I happily consumed a lot of caponata when I was in Sicily. You’ll find it on just about every menu. Essentially, caponata is sweet and sour eggplant (agrodolce). Agro=sour and dolce=sweet. At its core, caponata is a combination of eggplant, onions, celery, tomatoes, vinegar, capers, and olives, sweetened with a bit of sugar. Some versions … Continue Reading

If you’ve swam in the ocean and got your feet tangled up in a slimy plant growing on the sea floor, then chances are you’ve encountered seaweed. If you’ve enjoyed sushi at your favorite Japanese restaurant, then you’ve mostly likely consumed seaweed. The vast variety of ‘weeds’ that grow in the sea that we refer … Continue Reading

November, the time of year when we begin to desire comforting dishes to keep our bodies warm. Well, perhaps not this week given that NYC enjoyed a handful of days with temps in the 70s.  No complaints here. I’m not ready for boots and hats and scarves and snow… Nonetheless, the inevitable changing of the … Continue Reading

 Fall has arrived…   I’m back from a two-month hiatus and am hungry (figuratively and literally).  Was busy walking the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile walk across northern Spain beginning in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, and ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain).  Thereafter, did a little traveling (culinary research [i.e., eating]) in Portugal and Ireland. On most … Continue Reading

Spent the past few days unpacking having just moved from DC to NYC.  Closets and cabinet space are clearly a luxury in Brooklyn.  It’s amazing how much stuff you can cram into 840 square feet (no space goes unused).  I don’t think we have that much “stuff.”  That being said, I’ve managed to acquire a … Continue Reading