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…

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…

Despair-Free Palmiers

Sometimes we think fresh food is a nightmare time sink of darkness and despair. If you’re feeling that way, try to go out that night. It’ll show in your food. No one wants to eat your despair. But when the clouds part, try rough puff pastry, and make some of these ephemeral lovelies. If you’re…

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…

GUACAMOLE.

Guac. You love it or you hate it. I want you to love it the way I do, though. It’s amazing stuff. You can read a million articles about the health benefits of it, and all that is super important, but what really matters is the amazing stuff it does to tacos. So how do…

That Sketchy Mexican Place

You know the one. It’s a squat, nondescript building off the main road, and the sign is in Spanish. Some of them have jalapeno peppers dancing in sombreros on the sign. You’ve never been there. There are no lights in the parking lot, and you’re just not sure. Let me help you. Go. Go now….

Homemade Pasta Is Easier Than You Think

It is, I promise. You do have to invest in a little equipment. Well, you don’t have to, but if you don’t, it will not be easier than you think. I’ll give you a simple recipe you won’t have to write down, that you can flavor with anything you can puree, and you can run…