a year of playing with my food…

Rather than wallowing in sappy reflections, I feel like recognizing a few moments that didn’t get the attention they deserved over the course of the year – an awards ceremony I suppose.

cry me a river…

…a first-world sob story resolved in 3 dinners. Buckle in, we are going for a ride. I got a new camera last week. To be fair, I had to get a new camera last week because in late October I dropped my faithful long lens, Big Betty. We were together for 8 years which madeContinue reading “cry me a river…”

a leg of lamb, a pound of shrimp & a bunch of kale…

…not in that order and definitely not together. Over the last couple of weeks I made three meals that really stood out, each one for particular but elusive reasons. That disconnect has kept me from synthesizing a coherent, clever theme for this post, which has been sitting in drafts since last Friday. All three wereContinue reading “a leg of lamb, a pound of shrimp & a bunch of kale…”

flavors, failures & feasts…

…celebrating Spring Holidays with a teensy bit of creative license Let’s start with the premise that there is a big difference between honoring a holiday and observing one. That said, over the long weekend I set out to cook two feasts for two holidays for two religions. Somehow I ended up with three – ridiculousContinue reading “flavors, failures & feasts…”

my cooking (in)experience can be hilarious…

….and like everything else in my life, I know just enough to be dangerous. I burned the sh** out of some lamb chops last week. It was really quite something – there I was thinking ill of no one when all at once the cat escaped off the deck through my legs, the grill eruptedContinue reading “my cooking (in)experience can be hilarious…”

oh, harissa…

…you stained my favorite white shirt, but I love you anyway. I’m a little reckless in the kitchen – I sling hash, I toss salad, I dash far too liberally and I never, ever fail to miss the trash can. I can be standing right there, RIGHT THERE, and still miss. Anyway, out of sheerContinue reading “oh, harissa…”