3 Pans

Over the years I have come to realize that I really only need a few pans to cook 95% of the food I prepare. More than a few makes it easier for multiple dishes but 3 basic pieces of cookware will do almost everything. I used to be a cast iron fan and I still…

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.

Rendering Lard

Lard is an exceptional fat prized in traditional recipes and pastries. This method produces a nearly odorless lard as a byproduct of cooking bacon.

Craft Brewers Rejoice – Garden Hops

Growing hops in your garden is easy and fun. The plants are attractive and produce aromatic flower buds that beneficial insects and humans alike love!

Parmesan Crisps with Goat Cheese

I made these as an apertivo for a dinner we hosted on Wednesday night. Great on their own, we served them with a chilled carrot soup that had a pinch of curry. I highly recommend the pairing. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. You will need a half sheet baking pan lined with Silpat or similar…

Chicken Lyonnaise

Chicken Lyonnaise is a classic French entree that has seen so many variations over the years that what constitutes chicken Lyonnaise is no longer a fixed target. In whatever variation, in our home, this is a favored dish and I always look forward to making it.

5 Tips to Not Screw Up Your BBQ

Summer means barbeque and to me nothing is more BBQ than Fourth of July and Labor Day. Here’s 5 tips you can use to not screw up your barbeque feast. 1) Preheat your gas grill. It’s common knowledge that you have to wait for your charcoal to turn from black to white/red before you start…

Summer Stewed Tomatoes

Stewed summer tomatos are a versatile pantry staple. Made fresh from the garden, enjoy them right away or preserve them for use over the winter to bring something special to any meal and rekindle a memory of the dog days of summer.

Kitchen Design

When we bought our house we didn’t intend on staying as long as we have. Over the years we have renovated and rebuilt parts of the house; the kitchen was one of the first projects we tackled. Unfortunately, the structural consequences of opening our kitchen up to be more contemporary, sharing the living spaces, was…