They say that necessity is the mother of invention. I agree in some cases. In other cases, gluttony is the mother of invention. Take my newest original dessert for example: I was busying myself the night before New Year’s poaching some pears in about half a bottle of Sauternes wine for a dessert serving in our...

In this first installment of our New Year's roundup, I'm here today to tell you about possible uses for my favorite tuber, the Jerusalem Artichoke, but before we even get that far, let's clear one thing up. I sometimes notice a look of confusion shoot across people's faces when I mention Jerusalem artichokes, so let's get...

I believe I promised everybody yesterday that I'd post the working draft of my New Year's dinner. I feel a bit ambivalent about it as it sort of ruins the surprise, but hey, a promise is a promise. Here then, as promised, is the working draft of my 2013 New Year's Dinner. Presented for your enjoyment in...

Something weird (and wonderful) has started happening. Over the last couple of days, I’ve noticed the number of visitors to this site going up, and the number of page views per visitor increasing. For a while, I was wondering what was going on until today when I started receiving messages along the lines of “Hey, my...

Ask almost anybody with a fair amount of culinary knowledge and they will tell you that the only difference between a really good home cooked meal and a perfect meal served at a restaurant is that the restaurant uses (a lot) more salt when seasoning! This is a culinary fact! It holds true for every dish...

… Or things I've learned cooking my very first turkey! This Thanksgiving, I cooked my first ever turkey for a host of friends. Like so many people before me, I was nervous, confused and even slightly intimidated by the process. While I certainly would not call the end result perfect, I’m sure that everybody at the table...