Aphids… we got aphids

Pests such as aphids are nuisances but natural remedies will emerge if you resist the urge to spray and treat your garden with chemicals and organic treatments.

Nature Finds a Way

A fun discovery of a greenhouse full of tomato seedlings reminds me that nature finds a way.

Pasta Rustica

I could spend a lifetime cooking regional Italian dishes and still not get more than an inch deep. The variations of ingredients and techniques are a never-ending journey that brings immense pleasure and satisfaction to discover.  There is a fantastic vintage cookbook from Elizabeth David, simply titled Italian Food that offers not just an exploration…

The Perfect Omelette

People ask me “what is your favorite thing to cook?” and I typically answer with “it depends” but the truth is that there is one thing that I love to make. A simple omelette combines the purity of eggs with a little fat, but relies on a lot of technique that is never really mastered….

White eggs, brown eggs…

You stand there in the market and look at the display case wondering if you should spend the extra $$ for the brown eggs because they must be better, right?

30 Minute Pressure Cooker Chili

I am no chili expert but I can make a good chili that adheres to a couple of basic rules that guide all great chili recipes, with one exception. Let’s get the exception out of the way up front, beans. In Texas, putting beans in chili is the equivalent of using marked cards in a…

Sous Vide Bacon

This is my favorite way to cook bacon. The process is easy and convenient, but the kicker is that the end result is bacon that is succulent and flavorful.  Let’s talk about what is happening when you cook bacon. The first result of heating the bacon is that the fat is rendering and whatever water…