Searching for the Perfect Risotto

I don’t get the allure of risotto. Years ago at culinary school, every student revered the dish except me, and slowly I've come to hate it. It's overrated. I've practiced making it at home with the guidance of some of the best cookbook authors of the day. I stand at the stove as instructed, stirring, … Continue reading Searching for the Perfect Risotto

Asian Spaghetti, Changing Seasons

If your weekend was anything like mine then you are comfortable having put summer to bed, tucked-in snugly with the knowledge it will sleep tight until it awakens again next year. Windows will close, doors are shut, and the nuanced smells of long simmered foods become more prevalent. I can't imagine a life without seasons.  … Continue reading Asian Spaghetti, Changing Seasons

A Life-Changing Loaf of Bread (Redux)

I often wonder what makes a recipe so good it goes viral. I am sure it's lots of factors. Sometimes it's the recipe itself, other times it is what the author expresses in words through their post, and sometimes it is simply because the author is very famous. This recipe, originally posted on the blog … Continue reading A Life-Changing Loaf of Bread (Redux)

Let’s Talk Turkey

As with anything in cooking there are many ways to cook a turkey. It is only limited by your imagination. Beer can, the Louisiana Turducken, deep fried, you name it and someone has attempted it, some with better results then others. Simply put, I am from the midwest. When it comes to the holidays I … Continue reading Let’s Talk Turkey

Classic Creamy Coleslaw

My favorite kind of coleslaw is the classic, creamy variety; it comforts me because I grew up eating it at a mom-and-pop catfish bar whose coleslaw was second to none. Their version was made with finely grated cabbage and bright orange ribbons of carrot. It was a bit tart and a little sharp -- the … Continue reading Classic Creamy Coleslaw

Memphis Style Barbecue Nachos

Great barbecue is about the cut of meat, the smoke, the rub, and the sauce. But just because sauce is only one part of the equation, doesn't mean it shouldn't be excellent. In fact, barbecue sauce should be so delicious that you can use it for much more than simply dipping or brushing. I like … Continue reading Memphis Style Barbecue Nachos

Small Batch Barbacoa Beef for Tacos

There is something about big hunks of meat cooked over long periods at low heat that appeals to us at a very basic level. Pit-cooking traditions like hog roasts, barbacoa, and luaus aren’t just barbecues -- they're celebrations. They conjure up visions of earthen pits and long buffet tables with folding chairs, all set up for … Continue reading Small Batch Barbacoa Beef for Tacos

Mandarin Orange Cake

  I am a last-minute baker -- a procrasti-baker. As such, I am most likely going to make the least complicated sorts of desserts and baked goods. On the occasions I have my act together, I like to make cakes -- and even then, I want them to fit my schedule. At one point, I … Continue reading Mandarin Orange Cake