It could have been a disaster. With the entire meal staged, ingredients prepped and timed, my friends Bonnie and Doug waited in anticipation as I prepared to cook herb-crusted rack ...
My love for coffee started at an early age. That is, I loved coffee ice cream. With all the flavors in the world, I was consistent and always chose coffee ice cream. I don’t eat much ice cream anymore, though wandering through the hilltop towns of Tuscany I am easily persuaded to indulge in a […]
With the heat of the summer sun blazing down, I find myself looking to either cook more outside on the BBQ or preparing simple salads in the kitchen so I do not need to fire up the oven or stovetop. That’s where the beauty and simplicity of cucumbers and tomatoes shine—together in a tasty and […]
Now known as Myanmar and home to Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the country once called Burna is nestled between India and China, Myanmar which means its food and culture influences and is influenced by both of its neighbors. With yellow lentils (chana dal) and spices (cumin, garam masala, etc.) are fond […]
Though traditionally beets are considered a fall vegetable, but if you’re roaming the farmers markets around here, and if you could get past the sweet corn, tomatoes and squash, you’d find these delicious beets of all colors eager to find their place on the summer BBQ. I will admit this is an unusual twist to […]
With the Fourth of July Weekend nearly upon us, I figured the time was right to explore one more global adventure before moving from the kitchen to the grill for a weekend of classic Americana. But what to cook? I figured there was no need to venture down the road of an overly complicated meal. […]
Thai Inspired Grilled Chicken Is To Die For! This dish is to die for. For me, the problem with skinless, boneless chicken breast is that they are boring and usually take quite a bit to elevate them to something delicious. I’ve always loved thai food and the integration of cilantro, mint, peanuts, peanut sauce, spice […]
It hit me some years ago when while tasting and reading a bottle of Turley Zinfandel. I nearly dropped the bottle when I realized the alcohol level recorded on the label indicated 17%. That’s nearly port, I thought. Since then the alcohol levels of wines beyond zinfandel have been steadily climbing. So much so that […]