Pork Confit, part 1

I hate cookbooks that:

a)      are based on a television show

b)      contain more than two fonts per page

c)      require you to own a microwave and a food processor

d)      call for a specific breed of goose

e)      call for the flower of anything

which rules out most cookbooks published in the last ten years. I also have a deep [...]

Shabu Shabu

swish swish pot

I’ll open this post with a lead-in I asked Beth to write, about how we were introduced to Shabu Shabu soup (as our friend Marie later informed us, it’s called that because the ingredients go “shabu shabu” or “swish swish” in the broth). And then I will tell you what we did [...]

Caramelized Onions, Three Ways

The onion, author Jim Harrison once remarked, is one of God’s more perfect creations. I couldn’t agree more. I don’t know what the afterlife holds in store, but if there are no onions when I get there, I’m going to miss old Earth. One of the most amazing things you can (legally) do with an [...]

Seasonal Soups: Curried Roasted Squash

I’m already welcoming all the comfort foods of the autumn. It’s as if the weather is giving me permission to indulge in my love of baking and cooking wholesome food for myself and others. This week I’m getting into the spirit with soup. One of my coworkers has been trying out a soup cookbook I [...]

Fall Flop

No, not a flop as in failure. This nummy weekend brunch cake for rainy fall mornings is literally called “flop.” I remember happening upon the recipe over a year ago and needing to try it out just for its name. And also for the curious optional ingredient: egg. Near as I can tell, it’s an old [...]

Photoblog: several weeks of cooking

Hello. Im away from my desk temporarily, and was busy beforehand  prepping for this anti-sojourn. The result has been that I haven’t blogged in a bit. But I HAVE been cooking. Below is a small photo blog of some recent culinary adventures.

captain cookery and his dorky pan of smite!

Me in a tree picking italian [...]