Same City, Different Shrimp


Once before we visited New Orleans for shrimp (remember the Shrimp Creole from a couple autumns ago?), but today’s offering takes the shellfish in an entirely different direction. Specifically, Southern American Low Country (Charleston, Savannah, etc.), as done up in Louisiana and served as Shrimp and Grits with Mustard Seed Chowchow. This is a recipe… Continue reading Same City, Different Shrimp

Jeweled Ingredients


Those familiar with Thai cuisine know cooking is all about building layer upon layer of taste.  This ensures each ingredient is distinct, identifiable and doesn’t get lost.  Still, they make up a chorus of flavors all equally assertive, yet complimenting each other beautifully.  That combination is no more exquisitely balanced than in today’s creation, Guay… Continue reading Jeweled Ingredients

Two-Headed Creature


All sorts of wonders skulk this time of year, and if you’re not careful one of them will claim you. Well, this Halloween’s soul must be particularly needy, as it’s grasped at not one recipe, but at two. Both courtesy of The Nightmare Before Dinner, chef Zach Neil’s collection of deliciously spooky dishes from his… Continue reading Two-Headed Creature

Give the Blender a Break


In the Ecuadoran soup on which today’s entry is based, the broth and such are put through a blender one last time, just before service, ensuring a smooth consistency.  That’s a shame, as it also pulverizes the bits of color and the traces of texture that make Shrimp and Corn Chowder so interesting, so appealing.… Continue reading Give the Blender a Break

Not Going to Wrap, Are You?


Maybe, if the situation calls for it.  And in Indonesia, the situation definitely calls for it. Oh, no, not “rap.”  “Wrap,” with a “w.”  A completely different concept.  Now wrapping, that’s how many Southeast Asians combine varying textures and deliciously contrasting flavors in one convenient bite.  It fulfills much the same culinary purpose as do… Continue reading Not Going to Wrap, Are You?

This Time, Rice Is a Noodle


Wok preparations, even Cambodian varieties, are a fairly common theme on these pages, appearing probably every month or so.  Not surprising, as they’re a personal preference.  Variety is important, of course, and it will continue as the leading motivation.  Still, favorites remain favorites. Anyway,, most of these wok creations are served with rice, and today’s… Continue reading This Time, Rice Is a Noodle