I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut as of late. Perhaps it’s just a blah time of year, February and all. The selection at the few farmers’ markets operating this time of year is, not surprisingly, relatively sparse (at least here in Philly) with the exception of root vegetables and hearty kale, which always … Continue Reading

First off, Happy New Year! Decided to ease into 2017 with a simple recipe. After a few months of stews and heavier fare, I’m craving something light and refreshing. A quick, cold, buckwheat soba noodle salad with an assortment of vegetables/herbs — julienned carrot and cucumber, scallions, and cilantro and/or basil — and edamame. The dressing, … 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

Cheese is my weakness. Cupcakes don’t do it for me. Ditto for donuts. But give me a hunk of cheese and now we’re talking. One of my favorite cheeses is a raw, Basque sheep’s milk cheese, Ossau-Iraty, that I discovered at a farmers’ market in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France (before the start of my Camino de Santiago last year). … Continue Reading

Am always on the hunt for new flavors and dishes (at least ones that are new to me). So, upon stumbling across Okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake of sorts, I was immediately intrigued. Okonomiyaki translates into “grill as you like” — okonomi (“as you like” or “what you wish”) and yaki (“grill”). Traditionally, okonomiyaki are prepared on Japanese … Continue Reading