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Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2008: Day Two

Ed Mitchell, pitmaster and owner of The Pit in Raleigh, North Carolina St. Louis-style ribs with pickled okra, courtesy of Blue Smoke For additional coverage and loads of pictures, please […]

Big Apple BBQ Block Party 2008: Day One

If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll probably want to skip this post. 🙂 Garry Ubon, pitmaster and owner of Ubon’s in Yazoo, Mississippi Shake Shack For additional photos of this event, […]


Kachumber Kooler — green chiles, cilantro, cucumber and Plymouth gin Masala Mary — spiced tomato juice with Ketel One vodka and pickled cippolini onions Chutney sampler Left to right: cilantro, […]

Gramercy Tavern

Chilled nettles soup with asparagus and pickled ramps 2007 Txakoli Getariako, Txomin Etxaniz, Basque, Spain Seared scallop with spring minestrone (green garlic, cippolini onion, fava beans) Sable, potato and leek […]

To Everything, A Season

“Four Seasons fill the measure of the year; There are four seasons in the mind of man: He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear Takes in all beauty with […]

A Hobbit in Dixieland

Well, not exactly. But imagine what I could do if I were a southern boy. 🙂 Stewed turnip greens, bacon and heirloom beans with a poached egg dried beans (1) […]

Cashmere of Poultry

The title of this post is a reference to Andrea Strong’s review of Fatty Crab where she describes the nasi lemak as “a serious life-altering dish where chicken is slowly […]

Midnight Snack

Hardly any cooking yesterday — been sick for most of this week dealing with a sore throat/full-blown cold. I think I’m on the mend. Thank god for Nyquil, ginger tea […]

Spring in a Bowl

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred. –Proverbs 15:17 Spring vegetable stew with a poached egg asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1″ […]

Why I Hate Rachael Ray

I’ve finally figured out why I hate Rachael Ray. It’s not her usage of annoying catchphrases. It’s not her upbeat personality which borders on certifiable. It’s the notion that the […]

Spring Greens

“Of the many smells of Athens two seem to me the most characteristic – that of garlic, bold and deadly like acetylene gas, and that of dust, soft and warm […]

Living Well

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” —Virginia Woolf, from A Room of One’s Own Roasted asparagus, poached farm egg, shaved parmesan and […]

South Beach Love Letter

Since The Bum loves greens so much, I thought I’d make something just for him and his hubby. By the way, caption titles are hard. 🙂 Wild leeks (or ramps […]

Change in Season

What a difference a few weeks makes. One thing I love about spring is that as more vegetables come into play, you see a change from heavy, stodgy starch-laden meals […]

That Magic Touch

Fusilli with asparagus and ham The ham in this case is smoked boneless ham from Flying Pigs Farm, in upstate New York. Prosciutto crudo is an acceptable substitute. Either pancetta […]