Oh mole, you had me at chiles and chocolate. Simple and mole are two words that don’t go hand in hand.  On the contrary, mole is a classic and complex Mexican sauce that may include chiles, seeds, nuts, spices, fruit, bread/tortillas, herbs, chocolate, etc. When I lived in Chicago, there were several [small neighborhood] Mexican restaurants … Continue Reading

Sabih = A fully loaded [vegetarian] sandwich of Middle Eastern origin.   First post back in my D.C. kitchen after three and a half months abroad… I missed you Vitamix.  I missed you Kitchenaid.  I missed all my little gadgets.  I missed the familiarity of cooking in my own kitchen (even if I’m constantly complaining … Continue Reading

Some may call making homemade pasta a ‘labor’ of love.  I simply love making pasta by hand.  I find it relaxing, therapeutic.  Plus, the end result is quite fabulous, if I do say so myself. Today, it’s all about Orecchiette… Orecchio=ear Etto=small Ergo, orecchiette=small ears Orecchiette is a type of pasta that originates from the … Continue Reading

Do you want to know the “secret” to making food taste good?  Psst, come a little closer.  You ready? There are three things… Hint, hint.  In the word’s of Julia Child “If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.”    Yep, you guessed it: 1) butter; 2) cream; and 3) salt.   Okay, maybe it’s a bit … Continue Reading

One of the first things I like to do when exploring a new city is head straight to the farmer’s/food market. Am perfectly content to spend hours ogling the fish, seafood, and legs of jamon Iberico at la Boqueria in Barcelona, and am in complete awe of the various markets of France (oh, the cheese, … Continue Reading