Spatchcocking a Bird

Spatchcocking a Bird

The word “spatchcock” sounds a bit ominous. Perhaps it began as some medieval torture of poor souls. No, it comes from quickly “dispatching a cock” or quickly killing and then butterflying a bird. Technically, when you spatchcock you butterfly...
Warning. Danger. Chicken Alert.

Warning. Danger. Chicken Alert.

I haven’t posted in a few days. We went to Maine for the Kneading Conference and had a wonderful time. But we did see something disturbing. This week I saw the new Jurassic Park movie. You know the plot: the dinosaurs come back and eat people, one limb at a...
Where Are The Posts?

Where Are The Posts?

  Dear Readers. This will be a slow week for posting here at Cooking by the Book. Suzi and I are in Maine at the annual Kneading Conference. It’s a busy time and I’ll try to write during the week, but I just may be sitting back with some great bread, some...
On Father’s Day and Patience and Ferns

On Father’s Day and Patience and Ferns

I did not post over this past weekend. It was Father’s Day and I was taking a break. From everything. Well, almost everything. Not the ferns. Suzi and I have a weekend house in the Catskill mountains. We have a lot that is flat but tilts west towards a gully...
A Mother’s Day Oops

A Mother’s Day Oops

Well, I really, really botched it. Yesterday was Mother’s Day and we celebrated by gardening, cooking and entertaining. I had cards for Suzi but in the madness of a most busy day, I forget to give them to her. She never said a word. Of course, her attention was...
How to Travel to Sicily: Authentic Italy

How to Travel to Sicily: Authentic Italy

Suzi and I just returned from ten warm days in Italy. Sicily to be precise, one of the regions we had never visited before. Our journey included food, of course, but also city byways like that staircase and some of the amazing ruins that dot the island. Sicily is...