January 18, 2019

This was an absolutely epic week in our wine lives!

August 2, 2018

We can't all drink Krug all the time (ok, we know a couple people who can and do, but we digress). So, for us mere mortals, there is the daily drinker.

Now, the daily drinker is often a young, undistinguished wine people drink while cooking, watching TV, or for lunch (or breakfast--we don't judge here). While price range varies pretty widely person to person, for most of us they cost between $10 and $40 per bottle. Anything les...

June 8, 2018

Few are left untouched by some facet of Chef Anthony Bourdain’s life.  Tens of millions religiously watched his shows over the years—on Food Network, the Travel Channel, and now CNN.  Millions read his funny and often irreverent books.  The beautiful culinary world he visualized for us in our homes—rhapsodized in his CNN show’s theme song by Queens of the Stone Age—is, perhaps, more responsible than any other single influence...

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 13, 2018

If you're like most people who don't live in Scotland, you're confused by the whole concept of "Burns Night."  Does it have to do with Mr. Burns on the Simpsons?  Do you burn things?  Who is this Robert Burns guy anyway?  Well, those are all pretty fair questions for the uninitiated, so here's a quick cheat sheet:

Robert Burns was an 18th century Scottish poet.  He wrote a famous poem about a traditional Scottish...

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-...

January 12, 2018

My early formative years were outside of the South--Colorado, Washington, D.C., Connecticut--and I didn't get to the "real" South until undergrad in South Carolina.  Needless to say, both the state, and where I went to college, epitomized the "buckle of the Bible belt."  Grad school in Dallas was different, but still in many ways similar.  Dallas is a very modern, yet Southern city, that has more than its fair share of religio...

January 4, 2018

I recently had the perfect opportunity to try Signatory's Glen Keith 1992 single malt scotch. I'm glad I did!

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 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...