Condiments, Recipes

Golden Beet Vinaigrette


My five and seven year old children are pretty adventurous eaters. The more peculiar the food, the more likely the older one is to try it. Last night she finished a bowl of past with sea urchin (uni). The younger will make assumptions that she doesn’t like a food before […]

Condiments, Recipes

Chocolate Cabernet Barbecue Sauce


The arrival of Memorial Day ushers in the official start of grilling season and I’m stoked. I get plenty of Texas barbecue here in Austin all year round, but it’s not the same as a nice charred steak from the grill. It’s important to make the distinction. Barbecue is cooking “low […]

Condiments, Recipes

Mushroom Gravy


I love gravy! A plate of roast beef with mashed potatoes smothered in rich, flavorful gravy is soul-satisfying. Sopping it up with a piece of bread is even better. I might have even licked a gravy laden plate clean once or twice in my lifetime. But gravy doesn’t have to […]

Condiments, Recipes, Vegetarian


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Tapenade isn’t the prettiest food to look at but it sure packs a flavor punch.  It’s made traditionally with olives, capers, anchovies and olive oil.  Despite containing only a few ingredients, this simple preparation is really flavorful with a salty, briny, even meaty mouthfeel.   Part of the reason it tastes so good […]