Really, Just Like Chicken?


Saying something is “just like chicken” has become something of a culinary joke by now, a sure sign the speaker lacks imagination or descriptive ability.  Maybe so, but what if something is surprisingly similar to chicken?  Especially when it’s not even meat?  Cauliflower achieves such a feat when it’s prepared after the Lebanese fashion and… Continue reading Really, Just Like Chicken?

They’re So…Yellow!


Lemons will add that to what they adorn, particularly if it’s the Lemony Salsa Verde crowning the lightly-grilled scallops in today’s entry.  Even more so when they are coarsely chopped with the skins intact.  As you may guess, this gives the salsa a fresh, beautifully vibrant character.  Then there’s that gorgeous, bright color. Of course,… Continue reading They’re So…Yellow!

Unpacking the Bundle


Just one raft of three lemongrass sections is sufficient to flavor a whole potful of soup, earning Khmer Lemony Fish Soup its name.  The fish glides through a simple broth accompanied only by rice and flavored with only a few herbs, in addition to the aforementioned lemongrass.  The lemongrass provides an herbal, citrusy melody that… Continue reading Unpacking the Bundle

A Meal for the Ages


After Rome fell in the fifth century, the empire’s eastern half thrived along the Mediterranean for nearly a millennium longer.  As Byzantium, it brandished civilization’s torch, which kept the Dark Ages at bay until the Renaissance got its footing. Though the Byzantines faded into our collective past centuries ago, they left a record of what… Continue reading A Meal for the Ages