barbecued short ribs

barbecued short ribs

For the entirety of my life I have hated ketchup.  I think I can trace this back to a time when, as a curious three-year-old, I chewed on a ketchup packet and it exploded in my mouth.  It was so traumatic and disgusting that I still remember it and am still scarred.  But apparently not liking ketchup … more

roasted brussels sprouts

roasted brussels sprouts

Despite them being the most notorious mom-please-don’t-make-me-eat-that food, I had never actually had Brussels sprouts until a few nights ago.  Although it is entirely possible that I am blocking a horrific encounter from my memory.  But, this being a blog of food adventuring, I thought that I should attempt to conquer one of the most … more

brioche bread

brioche bread

How many times will I have to learn the same cooking lesson? (I suspect many more).  I was all ready to make brioche bread on Friday afternoon, and so on Thursday night I said to Gerrit, “I better read this recipe to see what I need to do ahead of time.”  And when I said … more

classic risotto

classic risotto

I really don’t think I had ever had risotto until last year when Gerrit and I went on our little honeymoon to Asheville, North Carolina (seriously the best city I have ever eaten in–if you ever visit, go to the Tupelo Honey Cafe at least two or three times, maybe even every day–and oh my … more

chocolate chip blondies

chocolate chip blondies

This past weekend Gerrit and I ventured to the bustling metropolis of Boerne, Texas to visit some of his extended family.  It was a quiet weekend of relaxing and reading and sitting on the front porch in the almost cool mornings.  It was nice to be without our computers.  Although that part was an accident, … more