In the kitchen


The Simple Kitchen: Learning to love tri-tip, one slice at a time

I used to live in fear of the tri-tip, the iconic cut of meat that realized long ago it does not need to sit in the high-brow category of expensive cuts like rib-eye, tenderloin or the top-dollar standing rib roast. My past experiences with tri-tip…read more


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Oven Roasted Chicken | Amazing Crispy Chicken Skin

Even the leftovers looked good! This recipe is a keeper. At various stages throughout my overly long college career, there were few things that obsessed me as much as roasted chicken. It may have started from the time that I “borrowed” my mom’s yellowed 1967…read more


Summer Sundays and Cold, Garlicky Gazpacho Soup

So we are in mid-move and mid-summer. Charla is just days away from having to leave her house. We just signed the lease on the place next door. It is hot and humid. We are tired and grouchy. It may be Sunday, but we are…read more


What’s For Dinner? Find out at your farmers market

We are grateful for the warm and friendly response that we have received from our readers at So There’s That. Just last week my niece texted me and said, “You should open a food truck.” While that’s a venture best reserved for another blog entirely,…read more


Memories of paellas past

What is the trick to a good paella? Persistence. Other techniques come in handy and we will revisit them here periodically. I have many Spanish friends who taught me their own tricks for the proper paella. Some work and others do not. In any case…read more


Simple tasty tacos

Less than a handful of years ago, I inherited a prized possession from my late grandfather, his comal. In Mexico, cooks use this flat griddle to cook tortillas and tacos. Some comales have a shallow basin in the middle which is filled with oil for…read more


Café con leche. Madrid.

There are few sights more welcome, while jetlagged, than a freshly made café con leche in a tiny bar in Madrid. Sugar is strictly optional.   top