Food & Recipes

The October Plates

2016.Oct.15 Saturday
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There are days when I consider that life would be far easier if we just cooked casually and opened the doors for people to drop in and eat whatever the plate of the day is – Casa de Comida style. Because while we don’t tend to eat the way that our guests eat at Casa SaltShaker […]

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The Spanish ‘Tater Cake

2016.Oct.10 Monday
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Let’s start with the money shot… (remember, you can click on these to get large sized, fill your screen, pretty photos). Whether you call it weekend breakfast, lunch, brunch, or something else, it’s that meal where you just want something warm and comforting to fill your belly. For us, that usually means something involving eggs […]

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Inspiring Tentacles

2016.Sep.30 Friday
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One of the questions that comes up time and again for all chefs is some variation on “where do you get your inspirations from?” I’m sure the same question gets asked of anyone involved in any creative sort of endeavor. Some of it is simple curiosity, and some of it is, no doubt, a sort […]

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The Bread & Soup Project #16 – Barbados

2016.Sep.23 Friday
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It’s been awhile, but time to go with another entry in the big Bread & Soup Project. We’re on to episode 16 (can it be an episode if it’s not a video?), and the Caribbean island nation of Barbados. Inhabited since at least the 4th century by a series of Indian tribes, first from other parts of […]

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Mollette Manifesto #1

2016.Sep.08 Thursday
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There are, as best I can tell (with regional variations), quite a few kinds of molletes. The literal translation of the word is muffin, and various Spanish language sites suggest using it to ask for one with your morning coffee, though I’ve not encountered it used that way. In the various countries I’ve been in, what I think […]

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Not Cooking With Gas

2016.Aug.31 Wednesday
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It’s been awhile since I just posted a whole dinner, to see what we’re up to. One thing you don’t know, unless you’re a close friend, or connected on Facebook to me personally, is that we’re not cooking with gas for the moment. We woke up a couple of mornings ago to find that the […]

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Assassin’s Noodles

2016.Jul.24 Sunday
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Today, one of my favorite, simple pastas. I am going to complicate it very slightly in that I had some leftover roasted cauliflower in the fridge and decided to add it in. So imagine the same photo above without the cauliflower. Just five simple ingredients – spaghetti, cherry tomatoes, garlic, crushed peperoncino chili, parsley. Okay, there’s […]

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The Bread & Soup Project #15 – Bangladesh

2016.Jul.15 Friday
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I would venture to guess that a good percentage of my readers weren’t alive when Bangladesh (literally, “the republic of Bengal”) became an independent country. After a millennia of domination by various empires, and colonization by the British, and the massive genocide in 1971 by the Pakistani government (nearly 3 million Bengalis killed and almost […]

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The Bread & Soup Project #14 – Bahrain

2016.Jul.01 Friday
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I couldn’t have found Bahrain on a map a week ago. I could have pointed vaguely towards the Middle East, but I couldn’t have told you that it was an archipelago consisting of 30 islands, though the vast majority of its land mass is one single island. I couldn’t have told you that it’s 25% the size […]

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