How To Make Flour Tortillas

Asheley’s new thing is wanting to do a Tough Mudder, a 160-mile bike race in Ohio this summer, and various triathlons.  She spent the other day looking up information about wet suits and bike gear.  Oh, and she just signed up for cross fit. Honestly, I don’t get “the enjoyment factor” in all of this.  But… Continue reading How To Make Flour Tortillas

Simple Pico de Gallo Recipe

It has many names.  Pico de Gallo.  Salsa Fresca.  Salsa Mexicana.  I’ve even heard some restaurants call it “mild salsa”.  Hey, it’s flexible.  Like my wife, it will answer to almost anything. We actually just had this conversation yesterday.  Her name has an extra “E” in it: Asheley.  Do you see it?  So naturally, she… Continue reading Simple Pico de Gallo Recipe

How to Make Perfect Carnitas

We’ll get to the carnitas.  I promise.  But first, there’s something we need to talk about.  Today, along with over 200 other food bloggers, I dedicate my post to Food Bloggers Against Hunger. I know I’m normally pretty light-hearted and laid back in my posts.  One very, very kind person even said they find my… Continue reading How to Make Perfect Carnitas

How to Make Corn Tortillas

The humble tortilla.  A tabula rasa.  A perfect, innocent, beautiful blank canvas.    It’s the foundation on which so many of my favorite foods are built.  I love tortillas.  I’m uncertain if life would be worth living without them. I have to admit, I’m more of a flour tortilla kinda guy.  Judge me as you will.  There… Continue reading How to Make Corn Tortillas

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

I hope you like Mexican food…  because I’m bringing it non-stop for the next few weeks.  One of my absolute favorite holidays is coming, and I want to make sure you (and I) are ready. Cinco de Mayo.  Three beautiful words that bring tears of joyful anticipation streaming down my face.  Okay, well not really,… Continue reading Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Easy Pickled Onions

Asheley loves pickles.  LOVES them.  I even got her an “I Love Pickles” t-shirt for Christmas.  She wears it with a smile on her face and pride in her heart.  You have to try and make these easy pickled onions. Personally, I’m not a fan of the conventional cucumber pickle.  They just don’t do it… Continue reading Easy Pickled Onions

10 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Cooking

I’m a total nerd.  Always have been.  Always will.  And I don’t just accept my nerdom, I embrace it. Learning is fun to me, especially when it involves food.  Cookbooks account for 90% of my bookcase.  Stacks of magazine subscriptions clutter every room of the house.  My internet bookmarks bar is filled with various food… Continue reading 10 Ways To Immediately Improve Your Cooking

Orecchiette with Braised Short Ribs and Swiss Chard

Leftovers.  Ugh.  The word alone immediately underwhelms me.  It’s the opposite of an exciting meal.  But Asheley is big on leftovers, since she absolutely hates wasting perfectly good food.  And I can’t say that I disagree.  It’s just so often, boring… unless you are talking about reheating a batch of that Creamy Tomato-Basil Soup or Fire… Continue reading Orecchiette with Braised Short Ribs and Swiss Chard

Braised Short Ribs with Swiss Chard and Polenta

If you follow me on facebook (which if you do by the way, thanks and you’re totally awesome.  If you don’t, become awesome by going here), you know that I actually made these braised short ribs over a week ago.  It’s taken me way too long to post this recipe for you because, well, I… Continue reading Braised Short Ribs with Swiss Chard and Polenta

Quick and Easy Creamy Tomato – Basil Soup

March is a such a great month.  There are so many things to be happy about.  Asheley’s birthday is almost here.  That means celebrating with lots of good food, surrounded by our family and friends.  We actually also made a reservation for the two of us to celebrate at Eleven Madison Park in NYC.  We… Continue reading Quick and Easy Creamy Tomato – Basil Soup