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February 22, 2017

Barbacoa beef, or pork or lamb or goat, is by definition slowly cooked meat. The word is Mexican, and originally referred to a cooking method by which parts of an animal were wrapped in leaves, and steamed and smoked simultaneously over fire.

The dish came to America from Mexico by way of Texas,…


Fall-apart roasted pork shoulder perfect for entertaining

February 15, 2017

I was talking with a friend about perfect meals for entertaining, and we went through the usual suspects: lasagnas, chili, tenderloins. And then he mentioned that his favorite go-to entertaining dish was a pork butt or shoulder left in a low oven for so long that it practically fell apart. A cut of…


Cheesy white and green spinach lasagna warms up cold nights

February 08, 2017

In the quest for Big Crowd Food, lasagna reigns supreme. And at this time of year, you may find yourself entertaining a big crowd for a football game party, for the Oscars or another awards show, or just because it's cold out and it's nice to put together a cozy gathering.

This lasagna is rich and…


Filet mignon with pistou, green salad makes for classy dish

February 01, 2017

Wow, does this dish look classy, right? But look at the ingredient list — not too long. And look at the steps — pretty darn simple.

My boys love all kinds of steaks, though a perfect, tender filet distinctively communicates "special occasion." They are no harder to cook than any other…