Fish Tacos

There’s something about a great tasting fish taco on a warm spring day that just makes everything feel right. Fresh mango salsa draped over the fish nestled in a warm soft corn tortilla and cabbage dropped on top to give the tacos a nice crunch with every bite. A splash of fresh cilantro from my…

New Dish Sunday

Took a recipe from the America’s Test Kitchen book “Cook it in cast iron” today and was very pleased with how it turned out. Too often on my first attempt at a new recipe I somehow screw it up, but tonight that did not happen. I own a handful of cast iron skillets as well…

Feeding a child

How do you feed your child? Do you cook something different from what you are making? Do you child proof the recipe of the dish you are making? How good of a palate does your child have? Does your child help in the kitchen? Do you let them take over when they know the recipe?…

Sunday Night Pizza

When I was a kid there were many weekends we ended with making pizza for dinner. I would watch my dad mix the dough he had poured from a box. While we waited for the dough to rise he would butter the baking sheets so the dough wouldn’t stick. He’d prep the toppings and pre-heat…

Sunday Dinner

My urge to cook has returned. For weeks I had struggled to find the motivation to cook. Sure I was making meals for the family, but trying new things and creating meals for enjoyment just wasn’t happening.  Thankfully things have finally changed and my desire to create in the kitchen has returned. This weekend I…

Learning

I’ve started reading “Salt Fat Acid Heat” by Samin Nosrat so I can get away from following recipes and start creating them. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy trying new things and following a recipe of a dish I think is good, but I want to be able to go into my kitchen, look in…

Mother’s Day

Today was Mother’s Day. We started our day by going out to breakfast at one of my wife’s favorite restaurants here in Chicago. Then after getting our fill we headed to the nursery to find flowers. Planting our Spring flowers has become a tradition on Mother’s Day and something we all enjoy. After we finished…

Leftovers

Leftovers. Do you like them? Does it depend on the food? Does the time since it was cooked sway your thought of eating it? If not, why? I do enjoy leftovers. Not many things will I say no thanks to the day or two after I’ve made a dish. There are many things I think…

Exploring the grocery store

If there is one thing I look forward to more than cooking it’s grocery shopping. The grocery store is where you get to pick the flavors for your recipes. Where you can decide in the moment to make an asparagus salad instead of leeks and potatoes because the asparagus looks appetizing. You can peruse the…

Books about food

I’ve always been fascinated with cookbooks. I have always loved thumbing through the pages and dreaming of someday being able to follow along and create the dish they had photos of next to the recipes. Even with so many recipes available online I still would rather have a cookbook at hand when working on a…