Friends with Benefits

Long after citrus season is done, there are other desert treasures that land on our doorstep in abundance.


Mumbo Gumbo

One of the definitions of "mumbo jumbo" is: "complicated activity or language usually intended to obscure and confuse." Perhaps this is where gumbo gets its roots? The infallible Wikipedia gives us more utilitarian, but equally fascinating, origins: “The dish likely derived its name from either a word from a Bantu language for okra (ki ngombo) or the Choctaw word for filé (kombo).”


Recipe Evolution

Many years ago, I tried wrapping fish in potato slices, sautéing it, then finishing it in the oven. It was "the thing" at the time. It never worked because the potato and fish never finished cooking at the same time. To me, it wasn't worth having overcooked fish just to have a nicely browned, fully cooked potato crust. Or undercooked fish wrapped in bland shoe leather.



This past spring you heard several times about how much citrus got left on our doorstep. But it wasn't always that way.


Santa Fe Chipotle Corn Chowder

Remember a few weeks ago? I mentioned a chipotle corn chowder from Santa Fe, and how the recipe accidentally called for an entire can of chipotles instead of just one chipotle.


Rhymes with Tofuti

My friends at the Provence WineZine spent the better part of last month in Provence. It's a tough job, but somebody has to do it.


A Light Finish

If you know me at all, you know that I am all about dessert after dinner. After lunch. Occasionally, after breakfast.