Smoked trout brandade was part of a spread that I created for the now-defunct Spoonful magazine (RIP). The theme for that issue was “smoke.” I spent a lot of time and energy honing these recipes (not to mention the multiple iterations of my editorial write-up), but the magazine, unfortunately, went under before the issue (and my recipes) made … Continue Reading

As a big fan of sea vegetables, I’m quite excited about the latest addition to my cookbook collection — Ocean Greens: Explore the World of Edible Seaweed and Sea Vegetables (published in October 2016). I’ve thumbed through it and bookmarked several recipes that piqued my interest — among others, a tiramisu thickened with agar agar (a type of … Continue Reading

One of the many things I love about travel is discovering new ingredients and ways to prepare them. Enjoyed salt cod before (mostly in the form of brandade or croquettes, yum and yum), though had never experienced so many preparations of salt cod (bacalhau) until a recent visit to Portugal. I’ve read that Portugal has 365 … Continue Reading

While I’m an equal opportunity eater — love meat, fish, and vegetables, and would even try insects (cricket tacos, perhaps) if given the opportunity — I enjoy making vegetables the star of a dish. You don’t always need to add bacon to make things taste good (of course, bacon is yummy and does have its … Continue Reading

There was a recent New York Times article entitled Breeding the Nutrition Out of Our Food.  In the words of the Greek physician Hippocrates, who proclaimed them nearly 2,500 years ago (clearly ahead of his time), “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”  Sadly, studies published over the past 15 years indicate … Continue Reading