Aug 12

On my first day of work as a line cook I was paired with the lead cook on a station prepping cold appetizers and salads. Wet behind the ears, and fresh out of culinary school, I was practically shaking in my kitchen clogs with fear of how I would get through the frantic pace of [...]

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Jan 22

When you are eight months pregnant and spend most of your time chasing an unruly toddler around the house, the few precious hours to yourself are usually not spent on your feet. So when I found myself devoting a good hour to peeling and dicing a small mountain of root vegetables the other day I [...]

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Nov 26

It is no secret that the holiday season can often turn into a frenzy, and it starts the few days before Thanksgiving when everyone piles into the grocery stores for food shopping.  I fall victim to this every year, and despite my best intentions to plan, organize and streamline my menu, I over buy and [...]

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Sep 05

In a few short days my kitchen will be packed up and the bare bones of  a fifties style cook space will, for once and all, be torn down. My feelings are mixed, as the prospect of five weeks without a place to heat my skillet and store a day’s worth of groceries is like [...]

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Jul 19

Hispanic countries seem to know a thing or two about avocados, namely simple is best.  As a student I took two study abroad trips, one to Mexico and the other to Spain, and after ten years what I remember most is the amazing taste of avocado in two completely different countries. It says something about [...]

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Jul 11

A recent article in Harvard Magazine suggests that Americans are less and less likely to prepare a home cooked meal. This is not exactly ground breaking news, but what’s interesting are the different factors at play and their confluence towards the same conclusion. It is not just the rise of celebrity chefs or molecular gastronomy, [...]

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May 11

Every self professed chef should have a signature dish, and this is mine.  I created it a few years ago when I was looking for a light entree to serve in the middle of summer. I wanted something healthy, but still full of flavor. Sound familiar? I was inspired by some freshly caught local rockfish [...]

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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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Oct 31

When Alex and I started dating, and I became hopeful it would be a relationship that would end in marriage, it became imperative I find out his favorite food.  I make no bones about the fact that I used my culinary prowess as a way to gain access to his heart.  The power of cooking [...]

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