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”

Pork Belly Tacos

I’ve been getting quite the education on Mexican food and culture at work, since many of the kitchen staff and runners are from Mexico. Every Sunday, during their break between brunch and dinner, one of the runners picks up tacos and tortas from a nearby Mexican joint for the staff. My favorite is carnitas, orContinue reading “Pork Belly Tacos”

Oh, for the Love of Pig! Porchetta di Testa

So we have a new sous chef at work. He saw a video on You Tube of Chris Consentino making Porchetta di Testa, and wanted to try it at the restaurant. What is porchetta di testa? Well it is basically a pig’s head that is boned out, marinated, then rolled up, tied, and wrapped, thenContinue reading “Oh, for the Love of Pig! Porchetta di Testa”

Christmas in New England

It’s been said that when you live somewhere long enough, it becomes a part of you. Sure, maybe it’s been four years since I returned to New York. Sure, maybe I live only five minutes from the suburb where I grew up. But after leaving New York at eighteen, I spent the better part ofContinue reading “Christmas in New England”