Cumin & Coriander Rubbed Duck Breast

On Day 5 of the Atkins plan, I finally realized the importance of having readily available low carb snacks on hand at all times.  Without grains, rice, pasta, or bread to fill up on, three meals a day is just not enough.  And when you get hungry again it’s like falling off a cliff inContinue reading “Cumin & Coriander Rubbed Duck Breast”

Game Day Smoked Ribs

Superbowl Sunday morning, I couldn’t think of a better place to be than sitting on the fire escape, watching smoke billow out of our brand new Big Chief electric smoker.  D. set a fan in the window to keep the smoke blowing outward, but that didn’t keep the warm smell of hickory from filling theContinue reading “Game Day Smoked Ribs”

Brunch Menu Teasers

Italians don’t eat brunch.  At least not that I could tell.  I traveled northern Italy for over two weeks in 2012.  For our morning meals we drank espresso and ate bread, charcuterie, cheese, and sometimes some fruit. But from Venice to the Ligurian coast, I never saw a poached egg, anywhere. So when a friendContinue reading “Brunch Menu Teasers”

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”

Ushering out the Dragon

Well, the year of the Dragon did not waste any time fulfilling its promises of change.  A lot of old things in my life finally broke, ended, or just plain died this year.  It started promptly on January 1st with my ex (a dragon himself) moving out, marking the death of a relationship that hadContinue reading “Ushering out the Dragon”