Once in a while I feel the need to indulge in a big hunk of meat. When I prepare meat, I like to know that the animal has been raised sustainably and that I am supporting a small, local farm. This 5 1/2-pound shank end, bone-in leg of lamb came from Mint Creek Farm in Stelle, Illinois. Mint … Continue Reading

Hats off to all you bakers out there.  I must admit, I’m not a huge baker (well, besides experimenting with bread, that is).  Compared to cooking, I find baking a bit of a chore.  Probably has to do with the fact that I just don’t bake much and am not as confident in my baking … Continue Reading

Am typically inclined to make everything from scratch. Case in point: I got up at 5:30 this morning so I could make this pie for Patrick’s work holiday party. Probably not on most peoples’ agenda first thing in the morning. Nonetheless, in the wee hours of the morning I was busy grinding, toasting, melting, and … Continue Reading

The connection between food and memory is powerful. Most of my fondest food memories are from experiences later in life, including recent Mediterranean travels, as food was not a big deal in my family growing up (and I’ve been trying to make up for it ever since). The first time I had sea urchin was … Continue Reading

Pulpo a la Gallega (Octopus Cooked in the Galician Style) I love pulpo (octopus), be it grilled, boiled, baked, or braised in tomato sauce (I’m not aware of any other preparations [fried is not an option] at present). This particular preparation, known as Pulpo a la Gallega — which is seasoned with sea salt, olive … Continue Reading