I cook because I love to eat. I garden because I love to cook.

Month: November 2018

My Daughter’s Thanksgiving – Onion, Olive, and Rosemary Focaccia

My Daughter’s Thanksgiving – Onion, Olive, and Rosemary Focaccia

My daughter doesn’t like Thanksgiving – neither the holiday nor the food. Never has. It’s not because of the people or the family gathering, but rather it’s because of her birthday, which is always during the same week as Thanksgiving. Some years, including this year, […]

A Fall Canvas – Truffle Potato and Caramelized Onion Tart

A Fall Canvas – Truffle Potato and Caramelized Onion Tart

It is always better when food looks good, in addition to tasting good. In upscale restaurants chefs have to be artists on two fronts; each course is a meticulously prepared work of art, not just in terms of flavor combinations, but also as a fleeting, […]

Salty and Sweet – Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese

Salty and Sweet – Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese

When I was in high school, my friend Dave and I would drive miles to 12th and Shunk, deep in the heart of South Philadelphia, just to get water ice at Italiano’s. It was the best water ice we could find. A plethora of flavors […]

Time for Breakfast – Skillet Vegetable Hash

Time for Breakfast – Skillet Vegetable Hash

The extra hour gifted to us this morning by switching from daylight savings time to standard time makes it perfect to cook a big breakfast – including skillet vegetable hash topped with a fried egg.  Except in my family we don’t get the extra hour, […]