Things to Know about Smoked Salmon

I grew up in a small town along the Mississippi. Fishing was a common past time and, as the local hunters had their own smoke houses, smoking fish was equally common. I loved smoked fish. It was all hot-smoked (cooked) and I just assumed (ahem) that was how it was done. Fast forward a decade … Continue reading…

Tips for Making AMAZING Tofu Dishes

I’m not certain if tofu is becoming more popular or if there is just an effort to make it more popular but I am seeing more information on cooking with tofu lately. Every time I look into it I tell myself that I must try it. Some of the recipes look fantastic. I’ll blame the … Continue reading…

5 Reasons To Have Matcha Dessert

Two things I immediately agreed with in this post: I love green tea and (most) wedding cakes are horrid. They may be pretty, but they are usually dry and taste of nothing but sugar. On to the tea…. Matcha was gaining in popularity a few years ago. I ignored it as I had no place … Continue reading…

5 Ways to Create an Inviting Dinner Party Space

It’s getting to the point when we can almost start thinking about being able to plan a few small gatherings of friends. Not yet, but soon. For me, whether it’s travel or dinner parties, the planning is half the fun. If it’s travel I may start packing, in my head, a year in advance, deciding … Continue reading…

How to Choose Cookware for Cooking on Gas Stove

There was a discussion recently, on Facebook, as to the comparative popularity of gas vs. electric vs. induction cook tops. When we bought this house it didn’t have a kitchen. Really – no kitchen. There was a small sink in what I now use as a pantry, a big fireplace with hooks in it, and … Continue reading…

Pumpkin Pancakes

Someone gave me a pumpkin. I must digress a moment….. Apparently it would be more trendy for me to say: Someone gifted me with a pumpkin. Why do people persist in turning nouns into verbs when perfectly good verbs already exist? Back to the pumpkin…. I haven’t butchered it yet as I am not totally … Continue reading…

How To Make A Delicious Tikka Masala

When we left the U.S. we moved to Ireland – the first stop on our most interesting journey. One of the many things I remember that enforced the fact that, though everyone spoke English, we were in a foreign land, happened in a supermarket. I was by the meat counters when a young woman came … Continue reading…