I had two kabocha squash staring at me on the kitchen counter for the past couple of weeks (went a little overboard at the farmers’ market yet again). Kabocha, a Japanese varietal, is my favorite type of winter squash. I’ve used them before to make soup, risotto, gnocchi, ravioli, cake, pie, and bread., but, this … Continue Reading

This colorful bowl of soup was inspired by a dish (Gaeng Som or Hot Sour Curry) that I recently enjoyed at a local Thai restaurant. This weekend finds at a local farmers’ market, which featured, among other things, purple and orange cauliflower, fresh young ginger, Napa cabbage, and green beans. This soup strikes just the … Continue Reading

Being back in Chicago, if only for a long weekend, was fantastic. After living in the windy city for the past 10 years, there are a few restaurants I really miss (recently moved to Washington, D.C.). Not sure if Big Star fully qualifies as a restaurant, more of a bar that serves good food. Nonetheless, it has … Continue Reading

 This is part II of a three-part post I will refer to as, A Taste of Spain.  Part I: Squid and White Beans with Balsamic Reduction; Part II: Chickpeas with Black Sausage, Pine Nuts, & Raisins; and Part III: Rock Shrimp (or baby clams) with Eggs (to follow). All three of these dishes remind me of … Continue Reading

  It’s summer and that means it’s prime time for tomatoes. Nothing beats fresh, locally-grown tomatoes, especially heirloom varietals (the uglier the better). Like many of you, I eagerly await for these beauties to arrive; and for good reason, a store bought tomato will never taste as good as a tomato that has ripened on … Continue Reading