I promise that this won’t be a rant about how Mark Bitten sometimes minimizes recipes to the point of absurdity. But he did just that with his roast duck recipe. Anyway, one of the people who commented is obviously someone who appreciates the finer things in life, one of which is duck fat. She has an interesting blog that is worth poking around.
Yes, I’m a bit too much like a broken record, but at least I’m not the only one who thinks that Alice Waters is a twit. Skip to the last question, unless you want to read a typical interview.
Late last summer I spent a few hours at Blue Smoke, enjoying the service, the look of the place, and the air of professionalism that permeates it. I didn’t particularly enjoy the food, but maybe I am too picky. What I did take tremendous pleasure in was the Sazerac that Continue reading “Small Change, Big Taste — Thoughts On The Sazerac”
There are very few age-worthy white wines made in California. This is one of them. But it tasted like crap, and I am more than a little irritated. This was our New Year’s Eve white, and I was expecting a mature, complex, creamy, buttery wine with some nice fruit and a bit of acid backbone. Continue reading “Peter Michael 2001 Belle Côte Chardonnay”
Not my typical dish! This is the kind of stuff that I love to pick up at a good deli, expecting that it will be executed well. And it usually is. But I had a nice eggplant just sitting on the counter, daring me to cook it. Why, you may ask, was it there to begin with? Continue reading “Baked Penne With Eggplant”
As many of you can attest, this evening is amateur night. Don’t get me wrong; I am a big fan of pub crawls, blowout restaurant meals with too many bottles of wine, and of course the obligatory cocktails before dinner, hopefully at a bar that has a real bartender. Continue reading “A New Year’s Eve Menu”
“Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again,” might be a very good thing, because this wine comes from a vineyard in the Central Valley of California, in that much maligned town of Lodi. If everything from Lodi is as good as this wine, I’m moving there. Continue reading “Turley 2002 Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard”
Shrimp are great. They taste good, they are easy to cook (unless you are a moron and overcook them), they’re not terribly expensive — especially considering that the little buggers are mostly meat — and how many food joints don’t have shrimp? Ah, the perfect food. Not so fast! Continue reading “Shrimp: Good And Bad”