Chicken Legs in Tomato Gravy ( + 5 Tips to a Better Braise)

Finished braise

Finally, the long standing blanket of snow has begun to recede and melt back into the dark earth, but not without leaving behind a disheveled landscape — like lifting an area rug you have meant to clean under for the … Continue reading

Spicy Chickpea and Sour Tomato Curry with Pasta

Spicy Chickpeas with Sour Tomato Curry

Whenever a simple, delicious dish — like this spicy chickpea curry — is placed next to me at the table, it doesn’t just make me happy; I become protective of it in a selfish, rabid dog sort of way.

Tips for Reading Recipes (& Chinese Style Honey Hoisin Sticky Ribs)

Chinese Style Sticky Ribs

Chef Leichte spun on the balls of his feet. A millisecond ago he was heading forward, and I was following him. Now we are face to face, and he pokes my chest with his finger. “Commit!” he says in a … Continue reading

5 Resolutions to Make You a Better Home Cook (+ Pot-Roasted Collard Greens )

The caramelized smear on the bottom of the pot is an indication you collards are cooked perfectly.

To be honest I lost interest in New Year’s Eve a long time ago. If memory serves me, the last New Year’s Eve I celebrated was sometime late last century. For that matter, I am not sure what year it … Continue reading