Food Obsession: The Chili Cheese Dog

You’d think someone that described themselves as a food snob would be above such pedestrian things as a chili cheese dog… but you’d be wrong.
The humble chili cheese dog is perhaps one of the tastiest foods ever invented. It basically falls into the same category as comfort food. Simple, yet packed with flavor. Better yet, [...]

What is This? Broccoli Rabe / Rapini

The vegetable/lettuce section of a supermarket or farmers market easily overwhelms me. All the various leaves end up blend into one another and have so many names that I usually end up staring blankly at a swatch of shades of green. Confused and lost, I used to simply walk to the washed/prepared lettuce, pick up [...]

What is this? A Learning Experience

I admit, I am a bit of a food snob. I know the difference between salami and salumi. I have duck fat on hand for braising vegetables. I have fleur de sel on my counter… but I wasn’t always that way.
There was a time where I didn’t know how to cook. I would burn toast [...]

Orecchiette, Sausage, and Broccoli Rabe

There are many, many variations on this orecchiette dish. Rightfully so, it’s a straightforward combination that can be quickly and easily made. This dish is a blast of flavors. The sweetness from the Italian sausage, the mild bitterness from the broccoli rabe, the heat from the red pepper, the hint of garlic, the squirt of [...]

Quinoa with Bacon, Onions, Carrots, Mushrooms and Leeks

I previously mentioned that I’d share a dish I created using my new favorite grain, quinoa. There are more possibilities for this than what I am suggesting here, but I like how this came together. The flavors complemented the natural nuttiness of the seed and made for a tasty, healthful, one-dish meal. Obviously, you can [...]

Basic Quinoa

Up until a few days ago I had no idea what this was. Heck, I didn’t even know how to pronounce the word (it’s “KEEN-wah”). I had no idea how to prepare it, what kinds of food it would pair with, or even what it tasted like! Reading from the back of the box, I [...]

Food Obsession: Smarties

These are the British M&M style candies, not those silly candy disks that go by the same name in the US. Why am I obsessed about these? Only because they are so much better than M&M’s.
It’s the subtle differences that make these the best candy coated chocolate candy out there.
Right out of the box, [...]

Doughnuts

I love foods that fit into the Breakfast, Snack, AND Dessert categories. The way I ate these, I might as well have considered them a Main Dish.
Despite putting away over a dozen on my own, I’m not the biggest fan of doughnuts. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing bad about them, but I’m sorta [...]