Tuscan Garlic & Herb Salt

April 17, 2014

Herbs and Spices can enliven your cooking with out added fat. Simple herb salts like this one can play well with lamb, beef, chicken and pork. It’s also terrific on roasted potatoes. Mix it into softened butter or olive oil to roast a chicken or sprinkle over barley. You’re getting the picture, right? True utility […]

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Fifteen Million Reasons – - Why I’m Speaking at the 1st Annual Food Allergy Conference

April 11, 2014

Doing my part – in June – speaking at the first annual Food Allergy Research & Education conference in Chicago.   Here’s the conference schedule and my speaker page.       That’s right, 15 million Americans are living with food allergies. That’s 15 million reasons to get educated about keeping people with food allergies […]

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Dried Herbs and Spices – Homemade Blends and Resources

March 19, 2014

People, here’s the thing: we all do it. You pick up a spice intending to make some new dish that will dazzle…and you just don’t get around to it. Or, you do, but then it wasn’t dazzling enough to become a regular thing and here it is six months or maybe a year or two […]

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Inexpensive kitchen tool you’ll use every day. Essential Kitchen Equipment: Bench Scrapers

February 14, 2014

Essential Kitchen Equipment is an occasional series on items I think every well-run kitchen should have. Essential Kitchen Equipment posts are not about the latest gadget. I’m talking about maybe a dozen or so simple items you must have to make your kitchen hum. Of course one could spend endless amounts on all sorts of fancy equipment […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Napa Cabbage

February 12, 2014
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Sobremesa “over the table” stories and laughs: the very best part of the meal

January 30, 2014

I had planned a Japanese meal in my head. I really did. Little braised meatballs made with okara, nimono soy-simmered vegetables, hakkusai with yuzu kosho, rice, miso soup…my favorite matcha panna cotta. Then a little bug (me) a sprained foot (him) got in the way of the shopping. As I began to mull over alternative […]

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Dead Easy Chocolate Snack Cake – Spiked with Chile

January 29, 2014

When I was freshly diagnosed with my dairy allergy, I was lamenting to a friend that my days of cake were behind me. Not so fast, she said. You’ve gotta try this recipe for “Amazon Cake.” No dairy needed. Well, I’ve no idea what part of the “Amazon” this thing hails from, but tongue firmly […]

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Five Steps to Wok Star Status (and One Seriously Good Cookbook)

January 28, 2014

I have a confession to make. I had all but forgotten my wok skills. I lost my wok in one of many moves. I settled in to married life steps from Chinatown’s Paifang (gate) and it just always seemed easier to go to a restaurant than to get another wok, season it, then chop, prep, […]

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Wrap up of our iPhoneography Oyster Century Club Event

January 22, 2014
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Happy New Year 2014 – Hope and Resolutions

January 3, 2014

On this side of the first storm of the year, we’re hunkered down, cooking and baking and grateful for our work-at-home status. We’ve got about one foot of snow so far and north of the city (where Doc works) they got two feet! I guess I missed my opportunity to empty the pots and clean […]

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