I’m not usually this ahead of the game. Still a week out from Thanksgiving and am already menu planning. Typically, I’m trying to figure this out the day before or the day of. Organization is not my forte. From a food standpoint, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey (and giving thanks, of course). For me, … Continue Reading

Smoked trout brandade was part of a spread that I created for the now-defunct Spoonful magazine (RIP). The theme for that issue was “smoke.” I spent a lot of time and energy honing these recipes (not to mention the multiple iterations of my editorial write-up), but the magazine, unfortunately, went under before the issue (and my recipes) made … Continue Reading

It’s mid-October and the lure of fall (and pumpkin) is strong, but I’m not quite ready to bid farewell to some of my summer faves — eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes, the holy trinity of summer vegetables. They’re still abundant at my local farmers’ markets, so was eager to take advantage of them, as in a … Continue Reading

Tahini. Nothing more than sesame seeds that have been ground to form a smooth and velvety paste. Tahini seems to be everywhere these days, although there’s nothing remotely novel or new about sesame seeds. Rather, it’s an ancient food that has been cultivated in India since 5000 BC; references to sesame seeds have been found on cuneiforms … Continue Reading

I love all types of fish and seafood. So when Australis Barramundi (aka ‘the sustainable sea bass’) approached me to develop a couple of recipes for their site, I was on board. If you’ve never had Australis Barramundi before, it’s a moist, buttery, and meaty whitefish, native to Australia and Southeast Asia. Its clean, mild  flavor … Continue Reading