April 27, 2018

We love paella, but sometimes we don't have time to meticulously put a regular batch of paella together.  When there really isn't a restaurant with good paella near where we live, what were we to do?  Well, we decided to develop a quick "paella" recipe of our own!  It works really well when you're in the mood for paella, without very much time, and is so simple even kids can put it together quickly.

Now...

February 2, 2018

Ok, so we don't normally go for the whole "30 minute meal" fad, much less meals that can be made in less time.  Neither of us can remember the last time we used our crockpot (I'm not even sure where it is).  We're more of the "enjoy cooking together while sharing some wine and decompressing after a long day" crowd.  On weekends, it isn't abnormal for us to spend most of the evening cooking a multi-course dinner for each other-...

March 16, 2017

Recently, our local Central Market had a pop up sale on Hawaiian fish flown (very) fresh direct from Hawaii.  If you follow CM on Facebook, you watched the fresh fish journey unfold, from loading onto the plane after the auction to arriving at each store.  The unique fish they won at auction were beautifully displayed whole in their display cases, and portioned for customers as the need arose.  For some reason, even the tuna a...

February 23, 2017

If you read these pages, you know that we're often fans of truffles, foie gras, turducken, caviar, etc.  BUT, some people have asked us what we would recommend for a simple weeknight meal when you barely have time for 1 course, rather than 5.  So, we thought we'd put something together that is simple, delicious, and almost universally loved.  Yes, you guessed it:  Pot Roast, with mashed potatoes and gravy!

Now th...

January 23, 2017

This past Friday night, Natalie and I wanted to do something special, but wanted to stay home.  It had been a crazy week, and we just didn't want to navigate the whole "last minute reservations" scenario.  SO, what to do?  Cook at home!  

Seems simple, except that we wanted something that was every bit as good as what we could find at a fine restaurant--just without the fine restaurant.  Enter Central Market--our...

December 17, 2016

Now that the holidays are upon us, we plan to post occasional lists of things we enjoy so that you have a better idea of what to get the hard-to-shop-for foodie in your life.  Part 2 of our posting series lists some of our favorite cookbooks (we have two full bookshelves at home, so we have lots of favorites).  Our list here covers the waterfront from easy to challenging, but regardless of which one you choose, we promise you'...

December 15, 2016

We recently decided to dust off our copy of Paul Bocuse:  the Complete Recipes and try a classic we've heard a lot about over the years--Chef Bocuse's famous Black Truffle Soup.

A little background on why this recipe is so famous.  When Chef Bocuse was awarded the French Legion of Honor by French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing in 1975, he was invited to a ceremony at the Elysee Palace to celebrate the award.  He created a t...

November 29, 2016

We were traveling Thanksgiving week, and had a layover in Chicago.  Hungry, thirsty, and looking for a quick snack before boarding our next flight, we found Tortas Frontera, by Chef Rick Bayless, and decided to stop in for a bit of guacamole and a couple of margaritas.  

Now, for those of you who don't know Rick Bayless, here's a very short biography.  He's about as authentic as it comes when you're trying to find good Mex...

November 27, 2016

Like millions of Americans, we're traveling this year for Thanksgiving.  Unfortunately, it's a business trip with Thanksgiving falling right into the middle of it.  But that doesn't mean we're going to eat bad food.  Nope.  Not how we roll.

We rented a quaint Air B&B for our trip, which is something we now prefer on trips so we can cook.  The grocery options in Newport are VERY limited - you can choose between St...

November 24, 2016

For those of you thinking about picking up sous-vide equipment during Black Friday shopping, we wanted to provide some guidance.  While a sous-vide setup is still a bit of an investment, prices have really come down over the years from when we got our first immersion circulator used on E-Bay out of a European chemistry lab (don't judge--they were still running over $1,000 new back then).  While it's still possible to spend tho...

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