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’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 have an affinity for big, bold flavors. This Indian-spiced roasted cauliflower checks both boxes and has been a mainstay in my kitchen for years. Herbs and spices are the keys to heightening flavor. Take cauliflower, it’s rather bland on its own. Who likes raw cauliflower? Blah. But add some herbs and spices, roast it … 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

Do you want to know the “secret” to making food taste good?  Psst, come a little closer.  You ready? There are three things… Hint, hint.  In the word’s of Julia Child “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.”    Yep, you guessed it: 1) butter; 2) cream; and 3) salt.   Okay, maybe it’s a bit … Continue Reading