Toast’s Higher Calling


Why settle for “mere” toast when greatness waits to join you at the next stop?  After the toaster pops, for a little more time than it would take to butter the bread, a preparation beckons that’s creamy, tangy, spicy, savory and a little sweet too.  Yes, it’s all that – every application that would supplement… Continue reading Toast’s Higher Calling

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Another Chocolate, Herr Mozart?


Just in time for Mozart’s birthday, coming up Wednesday (it was the 26th of January, if you’re reading this in archive), here’s an Austrian confection, Mozartkugeln (“Mozart Truffles”).  While the composer was famously fond of sweets, Salzburg chocolatier Paul Fürst didn’t invent Mozartkugeln until a century or so after Wolfgang passed to the eternal in… Continue reading Another Chocolate, Herr Mozart?

Mushrooms, Most Honorable


Indeed, not only do shitake mushrooms bring today’s entry much regard, they also glorify it with anticipation of a great meal.  The Japanese invented a word to describe the fifth element to engage the tongue, umami.  The term has gained wide acclaim lately, both in and out of food circles, and it signifies a delightfully… Continue reading Mushrooms, Most Honorable

A Full Basket


A great way to exult in late summer’s benevolence is to wander the sun-dappled path meandering among the garden’s lushness, losing oneself as the occasional light breeze rustles the leaves and serenades a daydream.  When this reverie doesn’t transport you, you load a basket with anything that looks good.  Of course, by August just about… Continue reading A Full Basket

Rainbows of Rice


It’s simple, really.  Start with plain white rice, nothing special, and choose a direction, savory or sweet.  Rice is wonderfully versatile, and readily lends itself to nearly every imaginable culinary impulse.  Oh, and for an intriguing twist, choose a color to match each variety’s “mood.”  More about this shortly. The yellow course, plotted above, follows… Continue reading Rainbows of Rice