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

A Classic Potato Gratin With No Recipe

Potato Gratin

Have you ever had a friend who knows no strangers? The kind of genuine person to whom everyone in the room gravitates — someone who doesn’t have to work at meeting new people, because somehow it is coded into their … Continue reading

Recipe Reclamation: Bringing Back Chopped Steak

Japanese Chopped Steak with Onion Curry Gravy

While it might not be haute cuisine, chopped meat is surely economical, flavorful, and versatile. From meatballs to croquettes to tacos, it can do it all and can do it with ease. It is an uncomplicated ingredient, often interchangeable, and more often than not is … Continue reading