Archive for January, 2012

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” — Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Viewers of the original Iron Chef, now known as Iron Chef Japan, will recognize the quote by Brillat-Savarin, though I suspect few have read his book The Physiology of Taste Or, Meditations on Transcendental Gastronomy. An interesting side […]

Categories: Cheese of the Week

Today’s cheese selection is the classic British cheese, Red Leicester. Red Les (easier to type!) is really pretty. The color originally came from carrot or beet juice (would be fun to taste one still made with them!), but now it is usually (as in the case with this one) comes from the addition of annatto. […]

Categories: Cheese of the Week

Doux De Montagne is mysterious!  It’s a semi-soft cheese with a beautiful dark red, almost mahogany rind.  I like her rind.  That sounds rather dirty, doesn’t it?  🙂  But it’s a good solid rind, not one of those Am-I-supposed-to-eat-it-or-not-rinds. Doux [You can call her Doux after you’ve gotten to know her.  But you might want to address her […]

Categories: Cheese of the Week

A while back, I decided to try a recipe by my favorite Italian cookbook author, Marcella Hazan.  I was using the instructions from her wonderful Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.  It is really an amazing book, and most of the recipes are so easy and incredible.  It makes me happy that I have it on my […]

Categories: Cooking

I realized this morning that I’m coming up on five years of Russian studies.  And there is still so much to learn.  It’s a hard language.  You can see my Russian blog for details. So I decided that it was time to take on a new challenge.  I’m not ending my Russian studies.  I feel […]

Categories: Japanese Food, Languages

-I was just giving you the port salute. -I didn’t give you the port authority to do it. -Quick! Submerge it in the port. -Good. Now it’s a portfolio. -Th-th-there’s a girl in here! -We have a girl in every portfolio. From The Firesign Theatre port gag from the rare live version of The Giant […]

Categories: Cheese of the Week

Popular Posts

I’ll have what she’s having…

Faithful readers of this blog will note that I haven't reported any lunches for a few weeks.  The problem is that I have been frustrated by my new camera.  The ...

Seoul Food – Home style!

After all of the Korean food I've been talking about in my My Thursday Lunch blog, my lovely wife D decided to buy me a Korean cookbook. Yesterday was ...

Cheese of the Week: Port Salut…or...

-I was just giving you the port salute. -I didn't give you the port authority to do it. -Quick! Submerge it in the port. -Good. Now it's a portfolio. -Th-th-there's a girl in ...

A foggy day in LA

Quite a foggy morning we're having in LA. This looks more like a scene from Dark Shadows than UCLA's iconic Royce Hall.

Cheese of the Week: Blazzo Provolone Smoked

This week's Cheese of the Week is a lovely smoked provolone. The level of smokiness is wonderful; it plays with you, it teases you, but it never overwhelms you. ...