Gift Ideas for the Bookish Cook

What is a bookish cook? A cook who loves books, of course! And how do you identify a bookish cook? When you are in said cook’s home, you will note that not only is there a huge bookshelf in the kitchen absolutely stuffed with cookbooks, but that there are bookcases in nearly every room of […]

Moroccan Style Chicken with Oranges, Black Olives, and Fennel

I am not calling this a tagine, per se, because it isn’t really. But it is based on the idea of a tagine, which is a Moroccan long-simmered stew that is served over couscous. The recipe which gave me the idea for this one was based on a real, traditional Moroccan tagine which contains lemons, […]

A Menu For Hope 2007

It’s coming around to that time of year again–time for Menu For Hope, an event where food bloggers from around the world come together to raise money for the United Nations World Food Program. Conceived and hosted for the past four years by Pim Techamuanvivit, author of Chez Pim. Last year, the event raised over […]

Hillbilly Ragu Bolognese: No, It Ain’t Traditional, But It Is Authentically Tasty

The first time I ever tasted a pasta sauce that could truly bear the name “ragu bolognese” was in Providence, Rhode Island in a little restaurant up on Federal Hill. That is the old Italian section of town, and literally, you can walk into any little eatery there and get fantastic Italian food–food that tasted […]

What’s So Special About Dinner Specials?

One of the best parts of working as a chef is coming up with dinner specials. It can also be one of the worst parts of being a chef. On the one hand, it is a creative process, and that is always a good thing. Chefs like to flex their culinary imaginations, they like to […]

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