Thanksgiving Side Dish: Filo Tart with Mediterranean Veggies from Michel Roux Cheese

I know that filo pastry can be a pain to work with. But the benefits make it worthwhile. And, if you do it often enough, you’ll become filo-confident. Maybe even filo-competent! A filo dish, like this tart, presents with an understated elegance. You can see and smell...

Cookbook Review: Ferrandi Paris Chocolate

It’s the end of the year. Holiday season. And the season for very special cookbooks. Some cookbooks really are special. And some are quite exceptional. Ferrandi Paris Chocolate is exceptional. Ferrandi Paris is officially titled The French School of Culinary Arts and...

Thanksgiving Idea: Wild Pecan Rice Dressing from Emeril Lagasse

  Ah, rice. Is there anything more innocent looking than rice? And when the cooking is done? Fire from China, richness from Thailand, gooey complexity from Louisiana, … Rice is a platform used worldwide to provide, not just sustenance, but excellence. This recipe...

Balanced Sour Mix, Yet Again

  It's party season and you may have some beverage responsibilities coming up so. Or, like me, you may be playing the role of bartender for a group. Suzi's cooking school, Cooking by the Book, has a group of 30 next week who want a mix of classic and contemporary...

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TBT Cookbook Review: Eat Mexico

Today’s TBT Cookbook Review is designed to fill a gap. This year has not seen a slew of good Mexican cookbooks. I just haven’t found many that sparkle. But this one, from 2015, does give...

Cucumber and Green Grape Gazpacho

  Don’t worry. This is a gazpacho recipe with NO tomatoes. I obsess over gazpacho and I admit I post gazpacho recipes on a frequent basis. But, it’s a great soup and a healthy dish. I will...

Cookbook Review: The Whisky Dictionary

  The publisher Michell Beazley has fashioned a wonderful portfolio of drinks books. The Whiskey Dictionary follows The Gin Directory and The Tequila Directory. You will find whiskey books...

TBT Recipe: Peach Sangria

This week’s TBT recipes is primed for peach season. The peaches are here and they are ripe. They are quite sweet and, thankfully, they have some legs: they do not ripen and then rot in the...

Summer Vegetable Rice

  For many of us, rice is a dish we rarely eat — unless we are at a Chinese restaurant. And it often considered a “heavy” dish, one not ideal for warm summer nights. Yet, just the opposite is...

Guinness Malt Cake

  When people speak about Guinness, they just say Guinness, not beer. Guinness is a rich Irish stout beer. Stout? That just means strong. And strong Guinness is. When you take a sip, you know...

Yes, We Have No Bananas

Actually, this is not a funny post today. This is serious. Like, no more banana splits or banana bread serious. I posting a link here to a National Geographic article alerting us to a truly dire...

Cookbook Review: Vogue Cocktails

  The term “Vogue” is recognizable across the planet. It is an iconic term for quality and excellence. “Vogue” is simply and perfectly rock solid. And, Vogue denotes more than fashion. The...

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