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

Now that it’s officially autumn, I think it’s appropriate to start talking about soups and stews. I love soup (and stews) and could eat it any time of year. I find that a big pot of soup on the stove top or a stew that’s been braising for hours makes the colder months all the more tolerable. … Continue Reading

I’m always in search of ways to prepare “greens” beyond my usual routine of sautéing them in a pan with olive oil, fresh garlic, salt and pepper (and often, a generous dash of of hot sauce). Gnudi are an Italian (Tuscan) classic. As the name implies, gnudi are literally nude (nudi/naked), the ravioli filling without it’s … Continue Reading

Like many, I eagerly await summer and its splendid tomatoes. Can’t think of many things better than a vine-ripened tomato. This year, I have four tomatoes plants in my backyard. Love plucking the (cherry) tomatoes right off the vine and popping them into my mouth. A sprinkling of sea salt and now we’re talking. So … Continue Reading

Hello pollinator. This busy bee wanted to be part of the photo… On a different, but most important note, Maryland recently became the first state to ban bee-killing pesticides thanks to the Pollinator Protection Act. Hopefully other states will follow suit. What are you waiting for?? I’m sure many of you have seen these photos. “Our honey … Continue Reading