Pantry Spaghetti Sauce

Have you ever taken in the sheer variation of tomatoes available in cans? This recipe is a great opportunity to use a whole bunch of them. I like to let this simmer all day, so that the dry spices have plenty of time to release flavor into the sauce. It’s a lesson in patience and…

Southwestern Toasted Corn

Easy, cheap, quick, and tasty. Though it is probably a side dish, I’m eating this bowl of this as I write. I love this variation on plain canned corn, and it will work with corn on the cob as well, if that’s your jam. But seen here, it’s made with pantry food, and it was…

Change Of Focus

It’s a brave new world, my friends. I don’t have to tell you, no matter where you are in the world right now, that priorities have changed. I want to avoid politics and theories about how this started and why. Those things matter, but that’s not what I’m doing here. I want to talk about…

Let’s Talk About Fire

It’s that time of year, my friends. It’s getting cool enough to tolerate cooking by a campfire, and the nights are coming on fast enough to urge us all to gather closer to the light and share our stories as we eat. But on what shall we dine? A few simple ideas: Fresh fish. If…

The Unfettered Abundance Of Summer

Summer may be hot and brutal here, but it is also wildy abundant; everything profuses, reaching for the light with twisting greenery and bright fruit. Wherever you are, there is probably a local delicacy that has a lightning flash season, some flavor you have to rush to catch before the creatures find it and devour…

The Sauce That Goes on Everything

I like to keep the tension high, but since there’s a picture, I’ll just come out with it. The mystery sauce is bechamel, and it sounds complex, but it’s a basic sauce that is easy to make and then modify to suit all kinds of things. Let’s talk about it. Bechamel starts with a roux….

Why I Don’t Post Actual Recipes: A Note On Food Philosophy

I’ve been asked why I don’t post precise recipes. You know: a cup of this, 15 shrimp, 2.1415 oz of cheese crackers. Measurement is critical in baking, but in other cooking, it really may not be. This is a point of food philosophy I’d like to share. Part of the glory of conscious eating is…