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Roasted Shishito Peppers

It looks like Shishito peppers are the new Brussels sprouts or kale.   You know, that new food trend that everyone’s talking about and is appearing on menus everywhere.   … Continue reading

August 27, 2015 · 12 Comments

How to Cook a Frozen Steak

Now that it’s smack dab in the middle of grilling season, I think I’ve had a good dozen steaks in the past couple months. Nothing beats the flavor, aroma, texture … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 9 Comments

Poached Pears on My New Cooktop

We’ve been in this house for almost two years and in that time I’ve made some really lousy meals.   Whether they were recipes I’ve rocked previously or new ones, the … Continue reading

March 18, 2015 · 8 Comments

Top Chef Boston Season Finale: Mano a Mano

It’s the season finale for Top Chef Boston and I gotta say this was a good season of the show.   With exception of one or two episodes, the shows were … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · 9 Comments

Top Chef Boston Episode 10: For Julia and Jacques

Previous Episode Next Episode There are five chefs left, not counting who wins Last Chance Kitchen.   All stages the competition should be about rising to the top and beating everyone … Continue reading

January 8, 2015 · 5 Comments

Are You a Hot Sauce Fiend?

How many of you are hot sauce fiends?   I’m not talking about a couple dashes on eggs and the occasional chicken wing.  I’m talking  the kind of fiend that puts … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · 12 Comments

My Chance Meeting With Mario Batali: An (Almost) Dream Come True

I just met Mario Batali walking on a street in downtown Ann Arbor.  It was a dream come true.  Well, almost.  My real dream is to have Mario as a … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 23 Comments

Don’t Fear The Meat

A couple years ago, I was at a restaurant in Richmond, VA with a couple co-workers.  One of the items on the menu was roasted snapper, which the waiter pointed … Continue reading

September 16, 2014 · 14 Comments

Farmers’ Market Adventures – Mustard Microgreens Again

Ooof.  We went on vacation last week and had some other things pop up in the past couple of days, so you’re getting a re-run from a couple years ago. … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · 3 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Recap – Defending Nicholas Elmi

Another season of Top Chef is over and there’s nothing like capturing the heat of the moment than writing a post a full two weeks after the season finale.  In … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · 11 Comments