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A hobbit’s favorite subject (besides eating).

Mix and Match

Chicken congee. Toppings include: chopped scallions, minced cilantro, stir-fried Chinese pork sausage with preserved salted black beans and chili peppers, sesame oil, tamari, shredded roast chicken, pickled ginger, fresh kimchi. […]

Menu Changes

I’ve decided to plow through the leftovers in the fridge.  There’s a roast chicken carcass with my name on it.  I figure I’ll do pasta with leeks and cream for […]

La Signora Hazan

Gnocchi con sugo di pomodoro Recipe courtesy of Marcella Hazan: 2 cups canned tomatoes* 1 onion, cut in half 5 T. unsalted butter kosher salt, to taste Combine tomato, butter […]

James Joyce Says Hello

Bonus points to whomever gets the reference in the title of this post. No googling allowed. Roast chicken; green beans and potatoes, Istrian style Faglione e patate alla Istriana fingerling […]

Cooking 101

In a post below, Tater mentioned that “There comes a point where intuition takes over, and food is made better.” I agree with one caveat: that you need to have […]

On the Menu

This is what’s on the menu for this week… Sunday — Stewed Rancho Gordo beans with bacon and vegetables Monday — Roast chicken; green beans and fingerling potatoes, Istrian style […]


Apologies in advance for the quality of some of these photos. Redhead Gibson cocktail:  Plymouth gin, pickled cippolini onions, fresh pepper Smoked trout, pickled onions, sour cream, fried potato sticks […]

Dinner Improv

I have a limited number of cookbooks in my kitchen library. I rarely cook from recipes unless it’s something I’ve never attempted before. Once or twice is fine, after which […]

Beets, Glorious Beets

2 pm is roughly when I start thinking about what I want to have for dinner.  I typically have a late lunch in the office.  If I were working out, […]

Miracle Worker

I picked up a bunch of these beauties a couple of weeks ago at the Greenmarket.  People tell me they taste like dirt.  I love them. However, I want to […]


Today’s lunch is a riff on a Florentine specialty, ravioli con ricotta e spinaci (ravioli with ricotta and spinach). I don’t have enough space in my kitchen to make my […]

Spring Dawning

Spent this morning having dim sum in Flushing, Queens, then went to get my bi-weekly haul at Union Square Greenmarket. Shrimp dumplings. Egg custard tarts. Shrimp pastries. Red cooked pork […]

Odds and Ends

I have a busy weekend ahead of me: dim sum tomorrow morning in Flushing, maybe a stroll afterwards similar to what Aaron did a while back; then a trip to […]

La Siciliana

A hearty combination with a typical Sicilian flavor profile — olives, anchovies, cauliflower and capers. Bucatini or pici can be substituted in place of fusilli. For this recipe, I used […]

In the Groove

Duck pate, pistachio and onion marmalade 2006 Pazo San Mauro Albariño Rias Baixas, Spain Veal cappellaci, sage, cauliflower, lemon butter sauce Black tagliatelle, lobster, chorizo, calamari, mussels Striped bass, crab, […]