Aviary Cocktail: Another Caucasian, Gary

The Dude might not recognize this lovely complex drink as his favorite indulgence but the folks at Aviary, the Chicago and NYC cocktail bar, created this in his honor. It is a refined take on the White Russian and named after one of thousands of memorable Dude quotes from the Coens’ The Big Lebowski. TheContinue reading “Aviary Cocktail: Another Caucasian, Gary”

Salmon, Cauliflower and Citronette

This is a rare post for me. I cooked this for dinner tonight. Typically it takes me weeks or even months before getting back to something I want to blog about. This dish was simple, delicious and looked great that I figured I’ll get off my lazy behind and post it here. I picked upContinue reading “Salmon, Cauliflower and Citronette”

Glandoulat: Red Beans and Pork with Carrots from the Southwest of France

Cool name but really this is a delicious classic combination of pork and beans made all the more refined and nuanced because it’s another recipe from Paula Wolfert’s The Cooking of Southwest France.  It’s perfect for the cool weather months and simpler to prepare than a Cassoulet or Garbure (It’s been a while since IContinue reading “Glandoulat: Red Beans and Pork with Carrots from the Southwest of France”

Panforte di Siena with Chocolate and Rum Raisins

As I type this I am still munching on more of this goodness that i baked about two weeks ago now. This Holiday pastry is a “bread” in as much as “short bread” is bread. It’s a delicious, nutty, spicy and chewy candy almost more reminiscent of Spanish turron than a bread or cookie. WhateverContinue reading “Panforte di Siena with Chocolate and Rum Raisins”

Lasagna al Forno: Two Excellent Versions

We are a house divided. We are a house divided when it comes to Lasagna that is. My wife and youngest prefer the one common in the south of Italy while my oldest and I prefer the luxurious northern version. Recently I figured why not please everyone? Why not make both and let peace andContinue reading “Lasagna al Forno: Two Excellent Versions”

Plum Tart with an Almond Crumble

Summer is winding down supposedly, even though it is still close to 100 F out there. I do not much like summer in Houston. It’s too hot, too humid too…sunny. Autumn is by far my favorite season and I look forward to its -hopefully- lower temperatures and cooking. Summer does have some things going forContinue reading “Plum Tart with an Almond Crumble”

Ivan Ramen: Toasted Rye Noodles

Noodles are just awesome. Italian spaghetti, Vietnamese bowl of Pho, a bowl of spicy Thai curried noodles…they are all awesome. A bowl of Japanese ramen is right up there in the culinary Pantheon of noodles. I’ve had a lot of the stuff and I’ve cooked it at home a few times. I have never made theContinue reading “Ivan Ramen: Toasted Rye Noodles”