A brief tale of survival in southeast Utah, a great pot roast that marinates for three days, and special usage of the 35th most common word in the English language.
A fabulous Sicilian fish stew that takes some prep and a lot of focus – keep other people out of the kitchen! Don’t talk on the phone or text anyone or watch TV. Just cook.
Quick and easy butternut pie recipe from Greece, where olive oil is king. Addictive snacking!
A repost: A genuine Cajun gumbo recipe that may leave you in tears from exhaustion – followed by tears of exultation when you eat it. Like most masterpieces, it takes a lot of work. Suffer… then enjoy!
A repost, oldie but goodie: An introduction to the wild and weird spirit of northern New Mexico, and my favorite-ever black bean soup recipe.
Pommes Dauphine is a classic French dish combining potatoes with a choux pastry – difficult to make but fabulous to eat. And we revisit more memories of my late cousin Joe Hyde, “semi-legendary” chef among his celebrity clients and friends.
Who on earth would fish for striped bass, chest-deep, in a suit and derby hat? Who would tell you to age your game meat just long enough for it to attract maggots? Welcome to the wild world of Chef Joe Hyde, caterer to the stars, and my second cousin. Also, a beautiful high-heat roast beef recipe from Joe’s cookbook – it’s all in the timing.
Tortilla – a wonderful, easy to make stove-top egg and potato dish from Spain, and I remember some friends who went through a 3-day “personal development” course called “The Forum.” Weird stuff.
A spicy Moroccan concoction of lamb balls (kefta) and buttery couscous – very tender and exotically flavored if you stick to the original recipe (we didn’t). Plus, after some polling of a few friends roughly my age, why is it that we seem to have fewer close friends as we grow older? Is it okay? Is it normal?
Some essential Maine Democratic Party caucus info, plus my favorite way to cook meatballs… and another eye-popping New Mexico landscape photo.