On the Importance of a Good Thermometer

Critical to any cook's arsenal of tools is a good, reliable, accurate instant read thermometer.  In fact, I would argue that short of a knife, this is the most important tool in the kitchen.  Here's why: A couple of months ago I received one of the greatest honors of my culinary career:  My dear friend … Continue reading On the Importance of a Good Thermometer

Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

This method for roasting a pork loin is the best I've found so far.  It yields a juicy, tender roast accented by savory garlic and herbs.  Served with Shiitake Mushroom gravy and mashed potatoes it makes the perfect autumn dinner for those first few crisp, cool nights.  Although it takes a couple of hours to … Continue reading Herb Crusted Pork Loin with Shiitake Mushroom Gravy

Cajun Jambalaya

Nothing says Autumn like hearty soups and stews... and here in SoCal, the temperature is often still in triple digits at the end of October (not very Fall-like).  The solution?  A spicy, hearty stew that's tasty all the time: Cajun Jambalaya!  The observant chef will notice that this dish bears a striking resemblance to paella, … Continue reading Cajun Jambalaya