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February 15, 2017

Julia Child was able to remember the single most decisive moment in her life with photographic clarity. It was her first bite of her first meal in France, a fish dish called Sole Meuniere. That first forkful, she wrote, was "a morsel of perfection," and it set her on the path to become the Julia…


Spicy pork chops pay homage to Creole taste

February 08, 2017

With Mardi Gras fast approaching, I thought it might be fun to salute New Orleans' cuisine by finding a new use for the city's unique and far-famed Creole spice mix. Creole is the term used to describe something — or someone — of mixed European and African descent, like New Orleans…


Amped-up beef stroganoff is ideal dish for Valentine's Day

February 01, 2017

Primed to romance your certain someone on Valentine's Day? Nothing says "I love you" more persuasively than a home-cooked meal. This one-pot noodle dish, a variation on Beef Stroganoff, is the ideal messenger.

Although the roots of the classic recipe are certifiably aristocratic — a French…


Cauliflower is surprisingly versatile

January 25, 2017

Until pretty recently, there was nothing sexy about cauliflower. Boiled or steamed, it's bland at best. And if you overcook it, you'd better duck or suffer the smell of dirty diapers. But roasting or sauteing cauliflower is a different story. The veggie's natural sugars caramelize and its tasty…