Smoked Duck with Fresh Herbs

Last week I finally managed to get my garden all taken care of. I planted a plethora of fresh herbs, tomatoes, beans, peppers, and even threw in a couple sunflower plants for good measure. With the weather on the east coast lately I came out to my garden yesterday and had fresh rosemary, basil and…

Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Baking doesn’t have to be difficult. Many times it is. Many times I’ve stared thru the little glass door to the oven, nervously hoping I didn’t overfill the cake pan with batter. Inevitably when the batter pours over the edge of the pan I reconsider why I even attempted baking a cake in the first…

A few words on Pasta – The importance of tradition

This isn’t a post about how to make homemade pasta. It’s not a post about how much flour or water to add to make the perfect ball of dough. This post is about the importance of tradition when it comes to making things from scratch – in particular fresh pasta learned from those that have…

Basted Sea Bass with Himalayan Pink Sea Salt

Spring is finally here and Summer seems just a few weeks away. With the warmer weather I always start to think about fresh fish and the adventures to be had at the local farmer’s market. Luckily I have access to a number of incredible farmer’s markets, authentic food stores and smaller grocery stores near me….

Lemon Lime Shell Pudding

If you’re looking to make a good impression on some dinner guests or simply test your culinary fortitude when it comes to presentation – this dessert might be for you! A while back I started to play around in the kitchen with different presentations of desserts with the goal of making the aesthetics of the…

Lucky Peach – The End of a great culinary zine

A few months ago LUCKY PEACH announced on its Instagram account they were ending their beloved culinary magazine in print form. The result among the culinary believers has since been a tearful and frustrating farewell. I discovered Lucky Peach a few years ago after picking up the issue on Chinatown. I consumed it as quickly as I…

2015 Cook Book Review – {Best Culinary books of 2015 & Why}

It seems each month my cook book collection gets a bit bigger and bigger. I find it difficult to visit the local book store (usually B&N) and not find myself walking out with at least 1 new book. I have a preference for certain style cook books, usually with exceptional photography (no surprise there). There…

Saturday Cooking Series – {Homemade Pork Sausage, Max the Lab}

A quick post here. Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! Been busy lately but managed to make homemade Pork sausage which turned out incredible! The KitchenAid Mixer has proven to be such a great addition the the kitchen!  Oh, and my little buddy Max came home this last week from the breeder. He’s a pure…