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Pen And Squid Ink—Real Food For Living People Section :: Page 3
On a recent trip to New York City, instead of being humbled by my proximity to some of the biggest names and hottest digs in the business, I came ready to sink my teeth not in the grilled calamari but in a dog fight over what good food is.
In this conservation era, as far as the kitchen is concerned, composting is my favorite solution. The treacheries of composting if done wrong are numerous and assaulting. But the benefits of composting, which doesn’t have to be complicated, always make me wonder why I didn’t start sooner. The first thing to know about composting is […]
Misoshiru is one of the simplest soups to make as winter whooshes in.
Ever since I was old enough to understand the news that was always blaring on TV at our house, all I knew about Ethiopia was that a lot of hungry people lived there. When I learned it was the source of the Nile, I thought it couldn’t be all bad.
Steaming little-neck clams might be easy in that there aren’t many steps involved, but there’s a real science to it, that requires you pay a lot of attention the whole time. You can’t just toss them in a pot with some water and leave them to cook, and turn your back and chop some veggies or whatever.
I’ve had a long-term romance with Indian food. It stems from a time not so long ago that I developed a heart condition and was hospitalized at the University of Cincinnati with strict dietary restrictions on salt intake. Most of us don’t appreciate the complexity of salt and the deep dependency we have on it […]
I’ve always known I would never be a real chef, simply because I move too cotton pickin’ slow in the kitchen. I’m messy as all get out too. But with me the mess is a symptom of the confusion I often feel when I’m trying to follow a recipe.
I’m not a mom, but I am a step-mom. I’m a step-mom who likes to cook all manner of new and surprising dishes and try them out on my captive consumers. Well, actually they wouldn’t eat it any other way.
When Kirk and I got engaged in 2006 we went to l’Auberge to celebrate. Dayton’s renowned French restaurant had just remodeled in nouveau Art Deco with bold colors, soft high-back chairs and theatrical salt and pepper shakers. We had a cozy corner table with a direct view of the newly glassed-in kitchen, where we could […]
I love Tom’s Market as an everyday last minute stop where I know I can find such items as brined grape leaves, fresh mozzarella and tomatillos. But sometimes you have to, dare I say it, leave the village.