Freshly steamed Dungeness crab tastes like the early-morning air smells at low tide, succulent and moist and just fantastic. Let go of the fear and mystery involved in getting a big live pinching creature from the ocean to your plate and learn to duplicate this taste. All you need is bucket full of live crabs, a meat cleaver, and a bamboo steamer – this will tell you how.
Cold days, hot steak, or, traveling with meat. Talavera tiles and tiny bistro chairs sporting the face of the widow Cliquot: Carlsbad’s La Costa Resort and Spa is the scene of a culinary crime during a midweek getaway.
Another happy food face.
My new motto: eat bravely. Channeling Anthony Bourdain results in an impulse purchase of parking lot tamales.
An improvised recipe for pulled pork, and how cooking rescued a frustrating day.
Learning what to do – and what not to do – with a butternut squash.
Too lazy to go to the grocery and get a box of frozen soft pretzels, we spent an afternoon experimenting with making them from scratch. It turns out homemade soft pretzels are not at all difficult and totally delicious – epecially when you spend the afternoon making them with your son. Come take a peek at our day and get the recipe to try yourself.
I called my Dad (a.k.a. Downtown Tom) the other morning but he couldn’t talk – he was busy making bagels. Here is his story . . .
The Kids talk cheese and pseudonyms.
2010’s dark Super Bowl commercials and home-made guacamole
The best thing I ever ate in 1991 was the Caesar salad from Rojo’s. There is, of course, a story about it. . .
Kid Two has formally requested I share my recipe for Texas Toast with you, which makes me realize that the process of preparing a simple breakfast isn’t so simple after all – it’s also part of the process of creating his childhood food memories. Here it is.
My twist on a face-plate, created to amuse Kid Two. What would you do with hard boiled eggs and shredded carrots?