Author Archives: jamesbradfordgray

Your Fall Cooking Bucket List Has Arrived: 10 Recipes to Warm Your Heart and Soul

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. Here’s to soups and stews and savory, soul-warming food. Jalapeño Cheddar Soup Nothing will warm your heart and soul more than this cheesy, spicy soup. I learned this recipe from a couple of Cordon Bleu trained chefs who owned a French Restaurant up in the Big […]

Maple Butter Roast Chicken with Rosemary and Thyme

Celebrate Autumn with this succulent roast chicken. I think this might be the best roast chicken I’ve ever made. It is all at once lightly sweet, salty, just a little sticky (like BBQ sauce) and beautifully savory. My resident food critic, Claudia, (who also happens to be my wife) loved it. And this is a […]

How to Achieve a ‘Steakhouse Style’ Sear on Your Home Cooked Steak

Ever wonder how steakhouses achieve such a beautiful crust on the outside of their steaks? The answer is simple: Heat. Really, really, really, high heat. We’re talking like 750°F – 1000°F hot here. The world famous Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse purportedly sears their steaks at a blinding 1800°F. Further research reveals that, since they use infrared […]

Hatch Hatch Hooray!

It’s one of my favorite times of year! Hatch Chile season is upon us and that means its time to celebrate one of the most wonderful peppers in existence – the New Mexico Hatch Chile. It’s a short season August and September only, so take advantage while you can! Hatch chiles hail from the small […]

Green Chile Bacon Cheeseburgers

To my great happiness, it is once again Hatch Chile Season!  The Hatch Chile hails from the small town of Hatch, NM – arguably the pepper capital of North America.  Hatch Chiles are exactly the same pepper as the well-known Anaheim Pepper, but because they are grown in the rocky soil of arid Southern New […]

Frenched Rack of Lamb

This method will rival the best French Restaurants, yet is simple and easy enough for any home cook. The hardest part is finding a Frenched rack of lamb. Ask your butcher to do it for you, or keep in mind that lamb chops and lamb loin chops, or even a boneless leg of lamb will […]

Six Cooking Gadgets That Will Instantly Up Your Cooking Game (Without Breaking the Bank)

Number 1: Salt Cellar Get a salt cellar and place it on your counter top near your prep area and stove. It’s presence will remind you to season your food aggressively and liberally. You should be seasoning your food at every step. Underseasoned food is the #1 reason why something might turn out bland. Trust […]

I’d Like To Talk To You About Cheeses

Some people have a nearly religious devotion to cheese. “I’ve got to take you to the most amazing cheese shop…” Some people have a nearly religious devotion to cheese. My friend Jon, one of the people to whom this blog is dedicated and one of my closest lifelong friends, is one of those people. If […]

5 Reasons Why You Should Learn to Cook

Some of you may be asking this question: Why should I learn to cook? It takes time. It takes money. It means I have to go to the grocery store. It takes practice. I have so little free time in my life – why should I spend time every day, or a few days a […]

Killer Garlic Bread with Roasted Garlic

This garlic bread is so good that it’s easy to eat it in place of eating dinner by mistake (my wife did this last night).  For whatever reason, it is highly addictive.  Also, it’s guaranteed to keep the vampires away but won’t leave you feeling like a giant bulb of garlic due to the fact that […]