Copy Cat

You find a favorite restaurant dish and you try to duplicate it at home. Rarely does it work out. My first venture was Sweet and Sour Pork (never really worked out, gained 10 pounds). My next was Orange and Coriander Crusted Halibut from Vespaio (NAILED it). Lately, I have been working on Capellini Neopolitano from […]

This Didn’t Work

I have made Vegetable Tempura a few times, and most were a success. But, this last batch sucked. Undercooked and soaked in greese. I cut the vegetables too think and the oil wasn’t hot enough. I should have used my mandolin and kicked down the $40 for that Fry Daddy I have been eyeing for […]

Now It Begins

Tomatoes are starting to ripen in the garden. So, I took the opportunity to make the classic Mozzarella, Lettuce, and Tomato sandwich. Never heard of it? Neither had I. I guess it would be a MLT. (Not to be confused with the classic Mutton, Lettuce and Tomato.)

Irish Girls

I like Irish girls! Tonight, I cooked for two of my favorite ones. First Course: Hot and Cold Peas and Green Bean Salad. Most of this is in season right now. One of the best salads I have made. Simple and fresh. Hot side: Green beans, peas, pine nuts and shallot. Cold Side: celery, fennel, […]

Crescent City Special

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is coming up in April. That got me thinking about the region’s food. What a eccentric mix of cultures: French, Spanish, German… So, I tried my hand at a classic: Chicken and Andouille Sausage Etouffee (I know! but it’s still Etouffee.) I I think it finished well. The […]

Quick Fix

Quesadilla’s are quick and easy and don’t have to be bad for you. This one uses Irish cheddar (skip the Velveeta) and Central Market’s wonderful corn tortillas. The tortillas are only $1.49 a bag! Makes me wonder why I was going through the trouble making them myself.