Jan 27

The fact that I have discovered two noteworthy recipes in the last two months which use carrots as their primary ingredient is astonishing to me. While watching my new favorite cooking show “French Food at Home” I found myself inexplicably drawn to Laura Calder‘s preparation of this simple carrot soup. Maybe it is because of [...]

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Jan 24

Three years ago I took a trip to Vietnam through the Worlds of Flavor program. The trip was led by Mai Pham, a chef whose ability to demystify Vietnamese cuisine is outshined only by her superb cooking.  In addition to managing her famed restaurant Lemongrass, Mai has devoted much of her life’s work to the [...]

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Jan 21

Hailing from Central Coast Wines in Paso Robles, California this Cabernet Franc is what is known at Trader Joe’s as a “binge buy”. While there were several cases stacked in a prominent corner one Saturday afternoon in December I am told that they are now completely sold out. This wine stuck out like a sore [...]

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Jan 18

Some people think that all there is to cooking is the ability to follow a recipe. If this were true than I truly think people would be a lot less intimidated by the prospect of making dinner every night, let alone cooking for guests. The reality is that it takes some organization to successfully cook [...]

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Jan 17

Carrots almost never play a leading role in my recipes. That’s not to say I don’t cook with them.  Of course I always have a bag of the organic variety in my produce drawer because they are integral in the foundation of soups, stocks and sauces. They are also likely to be eaten raw with [...]

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