The Music Lesson

All afternoon and from inside his parent's house, as Bill and I sit outside in the comfort of  lawn chairs talking, trumpeters one after another run through their scales, do re mi fa sol la ti do, over and over again.  The notes drop from the open windows like fall leaves from the trees.  It … Continue reading The Music Lesson

Mustard Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Sauce Robert

Through most of the month of December, I spend a lot of my time preparing recipes that taste great but don’t absorb a lot of my time. It’s the holidays after all, and not only do I want to enjoy them but I have other things to do: trim the tree, make cookies, go to … Continue reading Mustard Crusted Beef Tenderloin with Sauce Robert

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

Pork Confit Parmentier (or “Sorta” Shepard’s Pie)

  It is not generally in my nature to go out of my way to make a shepherd's pie from scratch. Instead of cooking all the individual components -- breaking them down only to put them back together -- it always seems like a job best done by leftovers. I don't mean to pick on … Continue reading Pork Confit Parmentier (or “Sorta” Shepard’s Pie)

5 Tips for Better Grilled Chicken Breasts

Grilling boneless skinless chicken breast presents a set of problems. I'm a firm believer that leaving the skin on and the bones in your chicken goes a long way to alleviating tough, dried out breast. But it's an unpopular decision, because of the convenience and the ease with which we can gobble up the boneless … Continue reading 5 Tips for Better Grilled Chicken Breasts

Everything but the Hamburger, Special Sauce Included

Sadly, as I sit at the bus stop watching my daughters play, I have to tell myself: summer is so last season. All summer I have been grilling vegetables for salads. Mostly zucchini and summer squash; I char it deeply and then chop it and toss it with basil, lemon juice, and olive oil, in … Continue reading Everything but the Hamburger, Special Sauce Included

Taco Night on the Grill

  I can't get enough of taco night. Neither can my wife Amy or my daughters. We love it, and especially me, because I can do everything -- with the exception of chopping with a knife or the food processor -- on the grill. It makes for easy clean-up, and who isn't for easy clean-up? … Continue reading Taco Night on the Grill

Grilling: Tips, Skirt Steak and more…

I use a pair of kitchen tongs and quickly flip a steak, pull back to let my hand cool for a split second before diving in again behind the safety of the tongs to flip another. The hair on my forearm recoils from the heat. Even with a long pair of kitchen tongs I can't … Continue reading Grilling: Tips, Skirt Steak and more…