The Grass is always Greener

Go directly to recipe When we lived in Ireland mon mari used to get our smoked salmon for us.  He'd ride his bicycle down through Monskstown to the ferry landing to get the little car ferry over to the island of Cobh.  It only held about 20 cars.  With luck it would be full and … Continue reading…

An Ode to Winter Cooking

Go directly to recipe We do two types of cooking at our house.  In the summer, mon mari is in charge (sort of).  I do all the prep work, marinades, side dishes, etc.  and he does the actual cooking on one of the barbecues (gas, charcoal, smoker).  We rarely cook inside from about the first … Continue reading…

Tool Time: Kitchen Gadgets

I love kitchen gadgets. I love kitchen gadget stores.  I  could spend days in Williams-Sonoma.  I just thank the kitchen gods that I don't live in the U.S. – and that the new luggage restrictions are curtailing my spending when I'm there.  And, fortunately for me (or unfortunately depending on point of view) the French … Continue reading…

I Practice ‘Unsafe Leftovers’

Yes, it's true: I practice 'unsafe leftovers'. I have from, time to time, usually by accident, read the 'guidelines for proper and safe handling of food'. It usually scares the crap out of me and makes me amazed that I am still among the living.  My biggest offense comes after I make soup.  I'm not … Continue reading…