Words Fail Me | Garlic Scape Pesto and Prawn Pizza

I have a tendency to be effusive. I also wish, at times like this, that I wasn’t all those other times. Because sometimes, you end up with a garlic scape pesto and prawn pizza with an egg on top. And you haven’t ever made pizza before because you just thought, “well, I am kind of… Read More Words Fail Me | Garlic Scape Pesto and Prawn Pizza

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Potluck Party | Crab Pot Pie with Pimento Cheese Biscuits

I was so excited to be invited to a cool little supper club started by a friend here in Columbus.   The ingeniously-themed meet up was entitled Showcase of the Crusted Arts.  Meaning bring something with a crust on it somewhere.  The smart and gracious hosts cooked up a beautiful whole striped bass in a salt… Read More Potluck Party | Crab Pot Pie with Pimento Cheese Biscuits

Winter Kitchen | Fritto Misto, Crudités and Bagna Càuda

Traditionally fritto misto is a dish of fried seafood and vegetables.  Last night, I lightened it up by leaving the vegetables uncooked for dipping into a luxurious sauce flavored with garlic and anchovies.  Bagna càuda loosely translates as hot bath.  Intensely flavored, it heightens the fresh crunch of vegetables that have gone for a quick… Read More Winter Kitchen | Fritto Misto, Crudités and Bagna Càuda

South-Texas Locavore / Shiner-Steamed Shrimp with Ruby Red Grapefruit Salsa

Tonight’s dish highlights the soul of local food.  It’s perfect for late fall in South Texas.  The grapefruit are sweet, but also a little savory.  They’re a beautiful color, and plentiful.  And because it’s coming on grapefruit season in the Rio Grande Valley, they’re awfully cheap.  Meanwhile, the local Meyer lemons are juicy and fragrant. … Read More South-Texas Locavore / Shiner-Steamed Shrimp with Ruby Red Grapefruit Salsa

Low Country in the Midwest | Ooh, Lah Lah Shrimp & Grits

Awww.  I live in the midwest!  I feel happy about that!  Most people confuse Ohio with Iowa.  But whatever, even Ruhlman (who is from Cleveland) visited here last weekend and was, I think it’s safe to say, gobsmacked by how great it is in little ol’ Columbus.  (It’s in Ohio, not Iowa, people.) So.  Dinner tonight was… Read More Low Country in the Midwest | Ooh, Lah Lah Shrimp & Grits