Pictured above is my grandmother’s cast iron skillet. It’s old but it’s also good as new! This Famous Piqua Ware #7 was made by the Favorite Stove and Range Company founded in 1887. Cast iron skillets are the original non-stick pans.
The late Anthony Bourdain had a huge influence on my appreciation for food. How to cook it, how to enjoy it, how to share it, learn from it, and to be thankful for that.
Needing a gin based cocktail to add to the summer playbook, I created the Aviatrix. It was beautiful and it was tasty, What more do you need?
Fried squash is a family heirloom recipe from my late mother-in-law. It’s simplicity is it’s strength. Nothing fancy and only a handful of ingredients. If you could only have squash one way for the rest of your life, this is it.
Are you tired of crushing herbs and spices all willy-nilly? I was. I mashed peppercorns in a plastic baggie with a meat tenderizer. With a rolling pin on a cutting board. In a bowl with a cocktail muddler. Let’s say those methods were less than optimal and it dawned on me there has to be a better way.
I recently returned from my first visit to Mexico City. It’s an amazing place with 23 million inhabitants – one of the largest cities in the world. While there, I had the opportunity to taste real Mexican food from market stalls to world ranked restaurants.
I jumped into the DeLorean and turned back the clock, waaay back to July 4th, 1975. Fleetwood Mac was hot, Bill Gates and Paul Allen had just founded Microsoft and American troops had just been evacuated during the fall of Saigon.
Against that backdrop, we celebrated Independence Day with a gathering of friends and neighbors. It was the debut of this recipe for baked beans.
It’s on the menu again this 4th of July. Since it’s a celebration of American Independence, pair this with some American beer!
Spell it Cardinal or Cardinale. Either way, this dish gets it’s name from the beautiful bird and it’s color from tomato in the sauce.
November 22nd, 1963, 1:30 PM. I was in Mr. Purvis’ core class when the announcement was made over the loudspeaker system that President John F. Kennedy had been shot and killed.