I’ve recently gotten into the PBS series Mind of a Chef, which premiered in November 2012 (have quite a few seasons to binge watch). The series combines travel, cooking, history, science and humor. Each season brings with it new chefs and recipes. It’s interesting to learn how each chef’s cultural identity, family upbringing, and sense of place have … Continue Reading

I love big, bold flavors. Dishes with lots of spice. Am definitely not opposed to a touch of endorhpin-triggering heat (yeah, okay, I have a tendency to add hot sauce or chile oil to just about everything), though sometimes you just need to step back and appreciate something in its unadulterated state, as nature intended. This … Continue Reading

Can’t go wrong with the ever-versatile frittata. A frittata is the perfect vehicle for just about any vegetable or other ingredient lurking in your fridge (leftover pasta frittata?). A frittata is good at any temperature — hot, warm, or room temperature. It works for breakfast, lunch, Sunday brunch (perhaps with a glass of your favorite rose), dinner, or … Continue Reading

On this spring day in late-April, with mixed feelings, I bid farewell to Brooklyn to embark on a new adventure. After nearly 15 years of renting, I’m very happy to write that we finally have a place to call our own. We bought a rowhouse in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. The property includes a tiny backyard, … Continue Reading

It all started with these pretty, little, springy, yellows flowers from the flowering rabe (brassica) family.  Not at all bitter like rabe can be.  On the contrary, these flowers possess a mild, delicate flavor.  A mere $2 worth of these flowers, that’s all it took.  That’s all it ever takes.  A simple little ingredient, more … Continue Reading