If you’ve seen my camera after I’ve been in the kitchen, you might think that it doubles as my sous chef. The shutter button is a little greasy and there’s flour dusted along the hand grip and on the aperture dial. There may even be a little sugar along the shoulder strap. Even the tripod may bear some semblance of kitchen work. Cinnamon or nutmeg may be sliding down its leg.
One of my favorite parts about creating my blog entries is assembling the collage, putting together the step-by-step tasks that create the final product. But to do so requires shuffling my floured hands back and forth, from the cutting board to the shutter, and then, possibly, to the white balance meter and the focus arrows.
Once the shot looks good, it’s back to the board, Continue reading
A savory alternative to cinnamon twists is cheese straws. The preparation and process is much the same, but instead of cinnamon and sugar, try gruyere, parmesan, Continue reading
There is a certain joy to the art of discovery.
Four years ago, I rarely, if ever cooked. But then I discovered that it was something I really enjoyed, and that it could bring me pleasure. I found cooking to be fun and relaxing, irrespective of the process or outcome.
And cooking is only one example. We all have those moments of individual discovery, of learning of a new love or skill, place or interest. Scanning the radio and stumbling upon an artist that inspires. Picking up a paint brush and finding an innate command of the canvas. Walking along the street and feeling the vivacity and charms of a heretofore undiscovered neighborhood.
Most recently, I discovered books on tape. I have always enjoyed fiction and reading. I have pleasant memories of lying awake, in bed, reading – at various times Continue reading
Sometimes you just have to say, “Prego,” and go for it.
Between switching jobs, moving, and studying for the bar, Caitlin and I were having a whirlwind summer. Which is why, perhaps, it was only fitting that we decided to book a trip to Italy and Croatia with only two weeks to plan for it. But sure enough, a day after the bar exam, and three days after my belongings and I arrived in Cincinnati, we were on a plane headed to Florence.
As I said, sometimes you just have to say, “Prego.”
We arrived in Rome Friday morning, and scrambled Continue reading
When it comes to potatoes, repetition is key.
For the best french fries, it’s essential to double-fry them. It should be no surprise then, that the best baked potatoes, should be twice baked.
On Superbowl Sunday, I invited my friends over to watch the Saints defeat the Colts. I told them to bring their wives and girlfriends, but also to bring their appetites. Given my New Orleans roots, I knew Continue reading
When it’s not ripping and breaking, or tearing and fraying, phyllo dough can be quite a treat.
Phyllo dough is paper-thin sheets of raw, unleavened flour dough, most typically found in Mediterranean cuisine. Indeed, the dough is most often associated with spanakopita and baklava – but little else. Which is perhaps why one of the leading producers of the dough has a running contest involving phyllo.
Always a sucker for a good recipe contest, Continue reading
Try as I might, I’m slow in the kitchen. For me, prep times are not so much the letter of the law, as they are guidelines, or helpful recommendations. A ten-minute prep time is, before I know it, the better part of a half-hour. Where the prep time is an hour or more, I remember to set aside my morning or afternoon.
For that reason, I’m always looking for a quicker way of doing things. A way to save time without necessarily cutting corners or sacrificing in taste or flavor. But sometimes, the slow way is the only way.
The first time I made this hummus, I cooked the garbanzo beans for over an hour, before processing them. And the hummus was fantastic! The second time around, I decided to see if I couldn’t save myself 90 minutes of cooking. I could not. The uncooked garbanzo beans produced a hummus with a granular and fibrous taste. It was not to be. Sometimes, it seems, the slow way Continue reading
Like chips with salsa, sun dried tomato hummus requires warm pita chips. These pita chips are delicious and can satisfy a crowd. Best of all, they are easy to make and Continue reading
When Caitlin and I were working on our Grim Peeper Panorama, her candied pecans fueled our creative endeavors.
This recipe also encourages creativity, as you can vary both the spices and the type of nut, if desired. Candied pecans make a great snack on their own. They can also be added to mashed sweet potatoes, or used to add a little extra punch Continue reading