June 12, 2017

It’s gotten decidedly hot outside. This morning when I walked outside to go to work I was met with a wall of mugginess that does not bode well for the afternoon hours. It was, after all only 8 in the morning. When it’s like this, heating up the kitchen is an idea that is repugnant on a ridiculous scale (especially when I had the oven at a blistering 550º last night for baked potatoes and yes, it felt like the entrance to hell).

The summertime-like weather (I know summer is only a little more than a week away) makes me think of beautiful ripe produce. I like to make panzanella all throughout the summer in many different shapes and forms. I adore the simple tomato, bread and basil - but when there are so many options at this time of year it would be rude not to experiment.

Stone fruit can be a wonderful sweet burst of juicy delight - IF you can find RIPE fruit. I am absolutely disgusted by lovely looking fruit that is hard as a rock and completely devoid of any hint of aroma. Wha...

April 24, 2017

Chicken Cacciatore. Does this sound retro? Do you tilt your head to the side and wonder who makes that any more? Though when you think about it, a 70s versions that resemble some type of cat sick over rice doesn’t do much to make you say - ‘Hell yes, THAT is something I want to spend an hour (or more) cooking!’

It CAN be a good thing though. Cacciatore is really just an Italian hunter’s stew, so you can basically chuck some veggies and protein together and have something resembling the idea.

I cook it once or twice a year, and when I do, I wonder why I don’t cook it more often. I’m glad when I DO remember it - it’s a good one to have it in the back of my brain when I want something different. I made it this January during my detox/reset thing when I press my grey matter to come up with dishes that I haven’t pulled out in a long time. It’s chilly in January, so a stew of vegetables and chicken fit well into what normal cravings would be. Putting it over pureed cauliflower kept i...

January 25, 2017

Ah, writing about food again. Rusty? Maybe. But, when you have a passion about something, it’s hard to keep it suppressed  for very long. Sometimes life transforms into a shit show and can divert you from things you care about. The point is, when coming out on the other side of things, to try and regain those bits and pieces that got jettisoned in the process of just trying to get through each day. Cooking for absolute pleasure never left me, thankfully, and sometimes it was therapy in and of itself. I have left some people completely dumfounded when I talk about cooking being one of the most zen things I do. People that don’t get it are in a class that leaves me shaking my head. It’s hard for me to believe, but I try and remind myself of a strange fact: Some people just can’t cook. I am grateful that for me, it’s pure joy. So let me try and revisit that habit that documents the things I cook, eat, and all that good stuff and try and share a little bit of happiness, enthusiasm, a...

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