Fall has arrived…   I’m back from a two-month hiatus and am hungry (figuratively and literally).  Was busy walking the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile walk across northern Spain beginning in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, and ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain).  Thereafter, did a little traveling (culinary research [i.e., eating]) in Portugal and Ireland. On most … Continue Reading

Recently discovered Rancho Gordo Beans.  Was curious to try them given all the positive “press” (rave reviews). Were they really that good?  Worth the price, at around $6 for a 1-pound bag? They’re just beans after all, right? To most, a bean is just a bean, but to some a bean signifies so much more. … Continue Reading

Had quite the busy day in the kitchen. Somehow a few summer vegetables (okay more than a few, I tend to go overboard when it comes to food)  — baby artichokes, colorful bell peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, and garlic… Turned into… A Greek-meze (mezethes) inspired feast. I ♥ Greece and its cuisine.  Greek food is simple (but by … Continue Reading

This is lovage (pronounced love-idge).  Lovage (Levisticum officinale) is a new discovery of mine and am glad to have made its acquaintance. What the heck is lovage?  Lovage is an herb.  It’s a member of the parsley family, aka ‘sea parsley’ or ‘love parsley’.  It tastes a bit like celery meets parsley meets chervil.  Lovage, from the genus … Continue Reading

  A typical conversation I might have with my mom would go something like this, “Why don’t you make (cook) things that are more mainstream, use ingredients that people are more familiar with?”  My answer, “I guess, because, in my little corner of the web, I aspire to get people to step out of their … Continue Reading