The Food and Wine Hedonist

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#TBT – Are You a Hot Sauce Fiend?

The weather this summer was much, much better than when I wrote this post a couple years ago.   As a result I was able to get some perfect cayenne … Continue reading

September 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Gimme Some Sugar…. On second thought, don’t.

I recently read a New York Times article that simultaneously scared the hell out of me, provided relief,  and also made me strangely proud of myself.     According to … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · 5 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

Now We’re Cooking With Fire

A few months ago, I was invited to contribute to the awesome online humor magazine Long Awkward Pause.  Here’s my latest entry! *** Some friends were coming over for dinner … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 17 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

Fustini’s Cooking Class (Four recipes!)

Fustini’s is a local purveyor of premium oils and vinegars – many infused – that started in Traverse City (MI) in 2008. Within a couple years, they opened stores in … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

The Wine Cellar Opening – The Recipes

What a fantastic night of food, wine, and friendship that was.  Both during and after that night, we all agreed that it was better than most meals we’ve had at … Continue reading

June 5, 2014 · 4 Comments

Celebrating Fat with Biscuits and Gravy

For decades, we’ve been taught to believe that saturated fats in food are bad.   Wait, “taught” is a mild understatement.  The point has been hammered into our heads that a … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · 21 Comments

What To Do With Suck-ish Tomatoes

I was having lunch with Max last week and we briefly talked about the merits of tomatoes.  I know, captivating discussions. When I think about vine-ripened tomatoes, I picture something … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 10 Comments