Quarantine Shrimp Scampi

Onward and upward, humanity. Send your favorite essential worker an e-hug – these are dark days, but we will get through. And since we are all together, hunkered down in our homes with our families, we can take advantage of the opportunity to cook together and eat together. If you’re alone, you can make this…

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…

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…

Sexy Pasta People

There’s something intimate about cooking with someone else. Anthony Bourdain even talks about it in the professional kitchen, among colleagues, in ‘Kitchen Confidential‘. I highly recommend it for foodies who think they maybe want to cook professionally. It convinced me I didn’t. But it also illustrated the strange and rough bonds that are forged in…

Why Buying Local Matters

Buying local has become a sort of buzzword for healthy food, but in a world where nearly everything is available, why does it matter? The whole theory of conscious eating is not only being present to flavor and texture, but also being aware of where your food comes from, and the wider effects of your…

Interview With A Barista

All good and decent people love coffee. There’s something about the atmosphere of a coffee shop that makes you feel like you’re being productive while sipping scalding black jet fuel in front of your ancient laptop. It can also wear a bit on the wallet. So I’ve spent a little time with a young barista,…