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Jasper White’s Corn Chowder


Recipes, sometimes, are like dreams. You experience them but then, quite often, you forget that you’ve experienced them.

A Summer Feast for Todd and Jim


So remember that time that Jim Parsons and his partner Todd Spiewak made my rainbow cookie cake for Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his partner Justin Mikita?

Summertime Vacay

Hey folks, taking a little time off for summer vacation, but I’ll be back after Labor Day to entertain you with more stories, recipes, and amateur gourmet antics.

End-of-Summer Plum Cobbler


It’s time to face facts: summer’s almost over. At least summer in the sense of kids not being in school (most of them have already gone back) and summer blockbusters (I didn’t want to see “Guardians of the Galaxy” but someone told me there’s a talking tree in it so now I do) and summer clothing adorning the mannequins at your local mall (now it’s all stuff for fall).

The Best Fried Chicken of Your Life


Give me credit. It’s been a while since I’ve declared something “the best ___ of your life.” There is, of course, the broccoli, which brought all of you to my blog in the first place.

Food That Makes You Happy, Food That Makes You Healthy, Food That Makes You Hot


The original plan was for me to take my shirt off. I know, you’re all drooling on to your keyboards at the thought, but settle down!

Sweet Summer Corn with Bacon and Balsamic Onions


Becoming a good cook is a little bit like becoming a good musician: at a certain point, you can glance at a recipe–the way a pianist might glance at a piece of sheet music–and know what it’s going to taste like, just like the pianist knows what it’s going to sound like.

The Best Way To Cook Farro


Talking about the best way to cook farro is a bit like talking about the best place to have a colonoscopy; useful information, perhaps, but not anything to get excited about.

Scrambled Eggs with Sausage, Tomatoes, & Pecorino


My grandfather, who celebrated his birthday this week (Happy Birthday, Grandpa!), reads my blog on his Kindle only he can’t see anything past the jump.

Casual Crostata


If you’ve been reading me for a while, you know I tend to make a huge stink about pie dough. How I can’t roll it out, how I don’t have the magic touch (like Craig’s dad), how even after learning all of the rules–keep things cold, move the dough around as you roll it–it rarely works out for me.

Chicken with Plums, Zucchini with Almonds


A few times now I’ve mentioned the technique of searing a chicken breast–skin-on, bone-in–in a skillet with hot olive oil, skin-side down, flipping it over when golden brown, finishing it in the oven, removing it from the pan and making a sauce with the brown bits on the bottom, something to deglaze those brown bits, and a little butter.

The Right Way To Eat A Muffin


This morning I decided to treat myself to a blueberry muffin from the Village Bakery right here in Atwater Village.

How To Turn Leftovers Into Frittatas


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Look Who Made My Rainbow Cookie Cake


A month or two ago, I noticed someone named @TheRealJimParsons following me on Instagram. Since the internet is a strange place, I figured, “that can’t really be the real Jim Parsons, three-time Emmy winner, it must be a fake Real Jim Parsons.” But then I noticed that all of the pictures @TheRealJimParsons posted were pictures of the real Jim Parsons in the morning holding a coffee mug; not the kind of thing you can really fake, even with Photoshop.

Chicken and Multi-Colored Carrots in Tangerine Sauce


Monday night is healthy dinner night. I don’t drink wine, even if Craig makes a stink and opens a bottle in protest.

Ten Things You Should Never Serve At A Dinner Party


Let me begin by saying that anyone who invites you over for dinner is doing you a favor. Without question, hosting dinner is hard work–the shopping, the prepping, the actual cooking, plus the cleaning–and anyone who takes it upon themselves to do all of that for you deserves your gratitude.

Summertime Pasta with Squash and Corn


Looks can be deceiving. For example, the picture you see above probably looks pretty good, but not the kind of thing you’re going to e-mail to all of your friends with the subject “!

Rainbow Cookie Cake


My mom knows the key to my heart and every time I come home to visit her in Boca it’s waiting there in the refrigerator; a plastic container of my favorite cookies of all time, rainbow cookies, purchased from Bagels With just down the street.

Clams with White Wine, Sweet Corn, and Basil


If you were to do a graph–and I’m not a graph person, so you’d have to help me out here–measuring the effort you put into a dinner vs.

Quick-Brined Pork Chops with Pan-Fried Cauliflower


For the past few months, I’ve been buying kosher chicken breasts from Trader Joe’s not because I prefer kosher chicken breasts but because Trader Joe’s is underneath my gym and it’s way easier to grab chicken there than to make an extra stop on my way home.


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