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Happy New Year

Happy New Year

I glanced in my review mirror to see a very dusky Gabi with her eyes halfway closed. She had had a cough for a couple of days and her oxygen levels were at 71% this morning when we put the pulsox on her. Her heart rate was at 140 pbm and that raised my heart rate as [...]

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Getting ready for the big shoot

How I shot my first cooking video on my iPhone
(and what I won’t do again)

  Things started with a one day sale on whole chickens at the local Whole Foods. The labor to flavor ratio on a whole roasted chicken is off the charts, and I wanted to see if I could get some others to cook a whole chicken for the first time as I had two days [...]

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Indoor ‘smores

Wrapping up dinner last night I popped one of the crackers that Gabi was eating in my mouth. SURPRISE! These were Honey Wheat Ritz, and they tasted very VERY similar to a graham cracker. NOW I WANT  A ‘SMORE! I wasn’t going to fire up an actual fire, but i know microwaves are great at [...]

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Extra Firm Tofu sauteed with Peppers, Mushrooms and Green Onions. Served over scrambled eggs and with grille pitas on the side.

What the catbus? TOFU!?

Generally I am not a fan of stuff pretending to be other stuff. Those boca burgers that have fake grill marks and some odd imitation of grill flavor are just off-putting. I much prefer the Morningstar Black Bean Burgers from Costco (the Costco ones are bigger then the regular store ones), and they make a [...]

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Elephant Repellent™

Elephant Repellent™

Ghost Chilis (Bhut Jolokia) have gotten a lot of press recently and are kinda the hip thing going in the hot chili circles. Standard issue is to use them in a hot sauce or eat them raw and film it. They have been called the hottest pepper in the world, but people will argue back and forth about it. [...]

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Chef Camp T-Shirt from Stephanie Izard

ChefCamp @ Spence Farm

Note: I cannot overstate how great this event was. Marty & Kris & Co. put on an awesome weekend and it it was really inspiring to see the chefs on their day off busting their asses and brains to learn more about the food they work with. I didn’t write all the names down, please [...]

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Village Sandwich

Village Sandwich

Maybe Hillary was right about the theory, just the target should have been sandwiches rather than kids. I love this neighborhood, we get together every other weekend for some sort of impromptu party. Be it beers and pizza in the driveway, or the worlds most eceltcic pot luck of crab-legs, penne with pesto and Stoufers [...]

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The sugars and partners make for a insanely tasty crust when some high heat comes into the mix.

Korean Skirt Steak Tacos

Korean Taco Marinade (adapted from Americas Test Kitchen recipe) 5 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil 1.5 teaspoons lime juice (about a whole lime worth) 3 tablespoons sugar (brown if you have it) 2 tablespoons gochujang (Korean fermented hot pepper paste) 1 teaspoon rice vinegar 2 tablespoons mirin 4 garlic cloves, minced The Korean Taco is [...]

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Basil went into the eggs, and then poured over the sauteing spinach. Filled with Gouda cheese and topped with Sauteed tomatoes.

Cured meat breakfast, you had me at hello

I am joyfully working my way through a selection of cured meats from Costco. I was able to reuse some of the ingredients from the Market Sandwich on the omelet stage. I have toasted Proscuitto for other dishes, and thought I should give Capocollo a whirl. The flavor is like some spicy love child of Proscuitto [...]

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Meghan's painting

Garage art class

Our backyard neighbor Glenna Gow turned her garage into a very urban looking art studio for all the neighborhood kids. This short video collects 2 hours of surprisingly focused kids activity.

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