11 Aug 2011
in Cooking Tips, Observations, Recipes
Tags: Celestino Drago, Genoa, Hawaiian, Italian riviera, Italy, noci, pansotti, salami, Saveur, tortellini, tortelloni, walnuts
I’m often asked by dinner guests, as I serve them a meal of Sardinian seafood or Japanese sumiyaki grill or Yucatan-style Mexican, “Where do you get your ideas?”
Freshly made mezzaluna
I’ll admit it’s somewhat easier for me than the average person — having a career that gives me the time and flexibility to indulge my passion for kitchen creativity. However, I still have to come up with ideas of what I’m going to cook each evening. More
09 Aug 2011
in Recipes, Video
Tags: barbecue, BBQ, butter, chicken, grill, grilling, recipes, spicy vinegar, thighs, wings
Among the world’s barbecue meats, next to regal rib-eyes and blissful racks of pork baby backs, chicken is the ugly red-headed stepchild.
More often than not, as I’m sure you’ve experienced at your share of backyard feasts, chicken is ruined on the grill. Rubbery thighs emerge black and blistered. Breasts languish on blazing grates while the host chats and tends to other things, turning them six or eight times over the course of an hour or so and eventually asking, “Do you think they’re done?” (Is it possible to successfully cook a chicken breast on the barbecue? Yes. Is it likely you will encounter it this summer? No.) More
05 Aug 2011
in Observations, Starlets, Yoga Students & Quinoa (stories)
Tags: Anniversary, Best Foods, mayonnaise, one year, Skinny Girls
On August 7, 2010, I launched Skinny Girls & Mayonnaise — exploding out the gate with eight posts on that single day. Four more came the following day. I guess you could say they’d be welling up inside of me for awhile.
It’s been a great year of cooking, philosophizing, marketing, experimenting and writing about it all. And sharing it. More
02 Aug 2011
in Eating Out, Recipes
Tags: Fairfax, Jimmy Shaw, Lotería Grill, Loteria, Mexican, Mexico City, Original Farmer's Market, pepitas, plato Botanero, queso fundido, Tim Burton
Los Angeles is one of the world’s top destinations for Mexican food, second only to Mexico City. And in this city of extraordinary Mexican dining from taco trucks to camerones stands to upscale nouvelle restaurants, the very best may be Lotería Grill.
Sunday morning of July 4th weekend. As families converged on the coast from every corner of the Los Angeles basin and beyond to frolic in the Pacific, we went the opposite direction: east. More