An Affair

The little bit of lemon in the tea is wonderful, but something about citric acid causes Stanley's tongue to become clumsy. It makes him sound Duchy when he speaks. Not in a God-awful way, and no more difficult to understand than Mr. FitzDermot's heavy Irish brogue as they sit and converse in the tiny living … Continue reading An Affair

The Wonder Of Store-Bought Crackers

I have a deep affinity for crackers.  Not gourmet varieties, or even homemade, but good old plain Jane everyday crackers, be it Captain’s wafers, or saltines, and especially any kind that comes two-to-a-pack.   I don’t think anyone needs a reason to like crackers  but my fondness, I am certain, begins with my childhood memory of … Continue reading The Wonder Of Store-Bought Crackers

Day One: My Turkey Stock Recipe

It’s my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving is. Amy is lying down and not feeling good when I walk into the bedroom to ask if she wants to have Thanksgiving dinner at our house this year.   She hesitates, not saying what we both already know, about how we are planning to put the house up for sale, … Continue reading Day One: My Turkey Stock Recipe

Cheats, Lies, and Hucksters (How to Cook a God Damned Grilled Cheese Sandwich)

As a kid, learning to cook a fried egg and bologna sandwich is like teaching me how to load a gun without establishing any safety guidelines. While the combination of griddled bread, egg yolk, mayonnaise, seared bologna, and American cheese is white trash foie gras, perfecting the fried bologna without having made a grilled cheese, … Continue reading Cheats, Lies, and Hucksters (How to Cook a God Damned Grilled Cheese Sandwich)

Recipe Reclamation: Bringing Back Chopped Steak

While it might not be haute cuisine, chopped meat is surely economical, flavorful, and versatile. From meatballs to croquettes to tacos, it can do it all and can do it with ease. It is an uncomplicated ingredient, often interchangeable, and more often than not is a beacon signaling out comfort food to anyone within range. Take for example chopped steak: it is … Continue reading Recipe Reclamation: Bringing Back Chopped Steak

Everyday Potatoes

This time of year potatoes are a shot glass full of sunshine, they are the break-up song I can't stop listening to, they are my noodle, my rice, and my comfort. They are soothing in the way a pacifier is to a child and they get me through the edgy emotions of late winter. They … Continue reading Everyday Potatoes

Rösti with Gravlax and Caperberries

This makes for a great brunch or a good starter for an elegant dinner. The key to success here is to get the inside done without burning the crust. Patience in other words. SERVES 4 1 1/4 pound russet potatoes, scubbed and roughly peeled 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons grape seed oil 4 pieces … Continue reading Rösti with Gravlax and Caperberries

A New Pair of Shoes

Cheers all and welcome to the new site.  If you are new to my home please make yourself comfortable and feel free to subscribe, follow or bookmark this location.  If you are an old friend I hope you are enjoying the new place. If you are wondering why I have changed locations it is for many … Continue reading A New Pair of Shoes