Paella: How to Make an Edible Art

    “If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez Paella is that it is a social dish.    It's built - layer by layer - in one pan and served at the … Continue reading Paella: How to Make an Edible Art

All American Beef Stew

Yankee Cooking At Its Best This New England Classic is easy to make, but does require a long braise. The active cooking time is probably an hour or less. It is even better the second day. The first time I made this, the aroma filled my SoCal home and brought me straight back to my … Continue reading All American Beef Stew

Corned Beef and Cabbage

I vaguely remember my mom attempting to make this St. Patrick's Day classic one time during my childhood.  As I remember, it involved braising the corned beef by itself in beef broth in the slow cooker, all while every burner on the stove was taken up cooking each ingredient - carrots, potatoes, cabbage, onions - … Continue reading Corned Beef and Cabbage

How to Make Chowder

This post invites you to experiment - it is a blueprint and a technique, not a rigid recipe that must be followed. Use whatever ingredients you have on hand, or whatever you like. There is a lot of fierce debate about what makes a soup a chowder - or if chowder is a type of … Continue reading How to Make Chowder

New England Yankee Pot Roast

Yankee Cooking At Its Best This New England Classic is easy to make, but does require a long braise. The active cooking time is probably an hour or less. It is even better the second day. The first time I made this, the aroma filled my SoCal home and brought me straight back to my … Continue reading New England Yankee Pot Roast

Beef Chili II

This hearty beef chili follows the same method as most other soups and stews and can be done in the oven in 4 hours or in a slow cooker over 4-8 hours. It is an updated version with a little less heat (the previous version had a whole can of chilis in Adobo!) and a … Continue reading Beef Chili II

Tuscan Style Roasted Red-Pepper and Tomato Basil Soup

This recipe is a riff on classic tomato soup, but the addition of fresh basil and roasted red-peppers bring it a superior depth and a fresh, vegetal brightness that truly elevates this dish to the next level.  Serve with grilled cheese, in a bread bowl, with a rustic hunk of French bread, with soup crackers … Continue reading Tuscan Style Roasted Red-Pepper and Tomato Basil Soup

Boeuf Bourguignon

Another beautiful rustic French classic, the method for this dish bears a resemblance to Traditional Coq Au Vin.  When I made this for the first time, I followed Julia Child's recipe to the letter, and I remember thinking about halfway through the process "This woman was insane."  Now that I've made it a few times, I … Continue reading Boeuf Bourguignon