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Archive for the ‘Cooking’ Category

I’ve been experimenting with different kinds of butters after reading an article in Saveur about some French restaurant that paid more for their butter than their fois gras (or some ingredient).  I always kind of thought butter = butter.  As always, there was much I needed to learn.  I figured I’d need to go to […]

Categories: Cooking

Like a lot of people, I went to see Julie & Julia last weekend.  Of course Meryl Streep was incredible (why’d she ever change her name from Mary anyway?) and overall the movie was a lot of fun.  I was curious to find out exactly what Julia Child had said about Julie and her project.  […]

Categories: Cooking, Movies

I love roasted chicken!  I think it’s one of the easiest things in the world to cook, and it’s one of my ultimate comfort foods.  I often hear people saying how difficult it is to roast a chicken, to get the dark meat done before the white meat dries out.  I don’t know, it never […]

Categories: Cooking

I’ve been buying myself a few toys recently.  A few months ago I decided to get myself a pasta machine.

Categories: Cooking

Brussel Sprouts:  Originally Brussels Sprouts.  A green vegetable of the genus brassica oleracea gemmifera (cabbages) native to Belgium, having small, cabbage-like heads or buds along the stalk, eaten as a vegetable. I love seeing these things on the stalk at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market.  They are other-wordly, like out of a Doctor Seuss book. I […]

Categories: Cooking

If I were talking about a jazz musician’s chops, I would be referring to his technique, as in, “Man, that cat has some amazing chops!  Listen to him blow!”.   Marcella often makes the point that she is not a fancy cook and that her recipes, for the most part, require very little technique.   For her, […]

Categories: Cooking

Marcella, Marcella… Because of you, my gastronomic life is forever changed.  Of course, I’m talking about Marcella Hazan, the Italian cooking maven. 

Categories: Cooking

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