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Five Reasons Smoking Bans are Awesome

In 2003, New York passed one of the strictest smoking bans in the country. The only place with harsher laws was California, and even then only by a slim margin. I was living in New York at the time, and back then I was also a smoker. One of the things that I used to […]

New Year's Black Eyed Pea Soup

New Year’s Black Eyed Pea Soup

After a long food and drink binge week in New York, I thought it would be good to do something light and healthy for dinner. Black eyed peas are a traditional new year’s good luck food, so I figured I’d make a simple bean soup. I love beans – they are both tasty and healthy. […]

A Year to Remember

A Year to Remember

A look back at my blogging history shows precious little sentiment around New Years. This is in part because the last week every of the year until this one since 2000 was spent sitting in a cubicle killing the long days between Christmas and New Years when the corporations shut down but still require their […]

Baked Potato Chips

Baked Potato Chips

As we roll down the last few days before Christmas fueled on cookies, sweets, and booze, it is my goal to get the fridge and cupboards cleaned out for the new year. So I am doing my best to eat what we have on hand, and avoid buying any more groceries until after Christmas. I […]

Around Town, Sharp Knives, and Black Beans

One of the things that Dr. Fiance and I are always talking about is that despite the size of this city, how small it feels at times. We have only been here six months, but we’ve found that it is nearly impossible to go out to dinner, go shopping, or even go to the airport […]

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I’ve been vetting a membership to Cooks Illustrated online (one of those dreaded trial memberships) which is why a lot of my recipes recently have been based on their stuff. This week’s soup dish is another cold weather favorite of mine and of Dr. Fiance. I love French Onion Soup, but quite frankly I hardly […]

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt

Crispy Oatmeal Cookies with Sea Salt

Ok, so here’s the deal. Rather than stumbling around simply trying to feed me and Dr. Fiance on a daily basis and learn how to cook along the way, I decided that I need a little direction. Each week I’m going to try to tackle one soup, one main entree, one side dish and one […]

Skillet Roast Chicken

Skillet Roast Chicken

I think that the thing about learning how to cook that is most interesting to me is my continued surprise when I make something delicious. I suppose that this stems from the fact that I’ve always made mediocre food a home, depending on others for most of my meals. Mainly restaurants. It doesn’t help that […]

Notes on Mise En Place

Notes on Mise En Place

All cooks from the hoighty-toighty chefs down to the lowly line cook have one thing in common when they walk into a kitchen: the mise en place. Literally meaning “to put in place” this little fancy sounding French term means basically getting all your culinary ducks in a row. In a commercial kitchen this means […]

The No Cream Creamy Tomato Bread Soup

The No Cream Creamy Tomato Bread Soup

Sunday night the lady and I were supposed to try out a new-to-us Vietnamese joint in Dutchtown, but then this whole winter thing happened. Here is what I’ve found when I ask people around here the question “Is this weather typical?” Or, “Is it always this hot/humid/wet/cold/frigid?” No matter which variation of this question I […]

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