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…”

everything is perfectly normal…

…um, no it’s not – not even close. Sunday night nearly ended with another dinner disaster due in part to my own ambition and in part to the limitations thereof. Basically, the lazy perfectionist strikes again. I took the báhn cuốn bait set out by my NYT Cooking newsletter and everything was peachy until theContinue reading “everything is perfectly normal…”

everybody needs a cooking kitty…

My trick to combat loneliness was turning my kitchen into a miniature social network with a conscripted feline audience, a soundtrack of melodic voices and a collection of inanimate “friends” complete with names and personalities.

all about that Sunday sauce…

No secret, I unabashedly adore Italian cuisine – I can’t wait to eat my way through to Italy again one day. Also, I have already pre-planned my earthly exit to include a week-long rager of olive oil, garlic, cheese and pasta. Wine will be served.

a quick note about Venice…

…and those Afghani dumplings I love. On May 1st Searching for Italy, with my boyfriend Stanley Tucci, returned to television to explore the culinary delights of Venice. Tucked between the traditional cuttlefish risotto and duck ragout were a few unconventional surprises. However, what I found most fascinating was his observation that Italians mostly eat ItalianContinue reading “a quick note about Venice…”

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…”

cooking for fun & revenge…

Obviously I didn’t name my blog Cooking for Fun & Revenge, although in effect that’s what I had been doing for a year. I say “revenge” with a wink and a nod – creative spite is a better phrase because karma does not need my help.

lips on fire…

…kimchi as a secret weapon. Food Taster is one of the pickiest eaters I know, so when he begged for Kimchi Udon, I simply could not refuse. I was puzzled by such an unlikely request from the Crown Prince of macaroni & cheese, especially since he asked for the heat and voracity of authentic gochugaruContinue reading “lips on fire…”

my Sous Chef’s jalapeño poppers…

…a recipe from a lonely kitchen. Just a quick and easy recipe post today, because I miss my Sous Chef. That is a mother’s prerogative which I invoke a few times a semester and this was just one of those weeks. I’m making these in his honor tonight, which will help, but I suspect I’llContinue reading “my Sous Chef’s jalapeño poppers…”