Hog #50 (Pork Chili)

Going to the market is one of my favorite things.  But so is not going to the market. I love looking in the fridge and pantry at dinner time and realizing that I have everything I need to make a dish.  Especially after the day I had yesterday. 6:45 a.m. came way too early yesterdayContinue reading “Hog #50 (Pork Chili)”

Pernil (Puerto Rican Roast Pork)

“Less cake, more meat!” This was the single comment left on my last post.  The post about cake.  I know I post a lot about desserts.  I know this. As I was writing, this song happened to pop up.  It seems fitting, no?  The great Dizzy Gillespie had it right:  Hey Pete! Let’s Eat MoreContinue reading “Pernil (Puerto Rican Roast Pork)”

Sweet Carolina

Whew!  I apologize, folks, for the delay in posting.  As it happens, life gets in the way.  Life, in this sense, was the ever-ambiguous, always opaque, Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad.  Well, it wasn’t so much the novella, but the writing assignment attached to the novella, which threw a wrench in my daily life. Continue reading “Sweet Carolina”

Homemade Chicken Stock

I have become a total convert when it comes to homemade stock.  Yes, I know…buying boxes of stock at the market is convenient, but if you’re not careful, all you’ll end up buying is sodium and preservatives, and that’s gross.  I like to know exactly what goes into my stock.  For me, making stock isContinue reading “Homemade Chicken Stock”

(The Best) Roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken is a staple dish at our house.  In the colder months of the year I have been known to keep it on heavy rotation – sometimes preparing it weekly.  And after many years of basting, slathering in butter, stuffing with lemons, garlic, and herbs, I finally feel that I have settled on aContinue reading “(The Best) Roasted Chicken”

Snowy Weekend

This weekend, my beloved and I finally got our house back!  Our recently refinished wood floors are now smooth, shiny, and glow by the light of our first Christmas tree.  On Saturday, we lifted, moved, and adjusted our furniture back to their default settings and enjoyed watching through the window as the heavy snowflakes fellContinue reading “Snowy Weekend”

My First (No…Second) Thought

On Saturday night, instead of going out to see and be seen, Scott and I chose to stay inside.  Let’s face it, with the week we’ve had, it sounded like a dream to us.  I had a lovely rib eye steak chilling in the refrigerator that was destined for dinner, but frankly, preparing and eatingContinue reading “My First (No…Second) Thought”

From Paris to Omaha, Chinatown Style

When I lived in Paris, I used to spend entire afternoons in either one of the two amazing Chinatown areas within the city.  The first (and oldest) is located in the 13th arrondissment, and the second can be found in the Belleville neighborhood.  I would walk along the aisles, marveling at the sheer volume ofContinue reading “From Paris to Omaha, Chinatown Style”