Smallest Boxing Day Ham

When my rep from D’Artagnan texted me to ask if I wanted a suckling pig, how could I say no? Normally they are special order, but he had a cancellation and neither of us wanted it to go to waste.  So having never worked with suckling pig, I took a 25 pounder home to experiment. Confronted withContinue reading “Smallest Boxing Day Ham”

Creamy Broccoli & Parsnip Soup

Buddy doesn’t like cream of broccoli soup.  You would think after being together for almost 15 years, I would know that!  Since I had never made cream of broccoli soup before, it just never came up.  Well, for weeks and weeks during the winter we were getting parsnips in our produce bag from Basis Foods. Continue reading “Creamy Broccoli & Parsnip Soup”

Home Cured Bacon Makes the Best BLTs

Bacon, oh delicious bacon.  There is no other food I can think of that inspires people to the same degree of epicurean lust.  In one Jim Gaffigan standup routine, he spends a good two and a half minutes extolling the joys of eating bacon in its many forms.   One waiter at work shared withContinue reading “Home Cured Bacon Makes the Best BLTs”

Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives

I have a confession to make.  Despite my Asian heritage, I don’t know much about cooking Asian food.  Sure, I know how to stir-fry and know how to use the more common Asian ingredients, but Mom’s home cooking was nothing like restaurant food.  After years of cooking for myself, then going to culinary school, IContinue reading “Char Siu & Chinese Broccoli with Budding Chives”

Mom’s Mohingha

I arrive at my parents’ house with a bag of onions, four heads of garlic, a bunch of scallions, and a bunch of cilantro. Mom’s already cooked rice vermicelli, and poached catfish to show me how to make her version of Mohinga, a fish and noodle stew unofficially recognized as the national dish of MyanmarContinue reading “Mom’s Mohingha”