Sausage and Fennel Ragu

The weather is already starting to warm up here in Austin. While it’s great to live in a city where it generally doesn’t freeze, and snow is even less likely, the time during winter for making hearty stews, braises and pasta dishes is abbreviated. It’s Valentine’s Day and while I don’t mind … Read more


These Asian wings with fried onion crumbs are amazing. I mean it, they’re that good. Originally I wasn’t sure what recipe I wanted to create for the blog this week. I had considered something like a salad of winter greens but Mrs. B & B (aka my wife) poo-pooed the idea. “You … Read more

Chunky Lamb and Black Bean Chili

Like many American foods, recipes for chili vary significantly by region. Irrespective of the style you’re accustomed to eating, chili is universally considered a comforting and substantial dish that’s suited for colder months. As we move deep into autumn, I’ve developed this tasty recipe for chunky lamb and black bean chili that’s … Read more

Hatch Chile Verde with Pork Meatballs

Hatch season is upon us here in Central Texas. For those not from the Southwest, hatch peppers are type of chile pepper grown in Hatch, New Mexico. They are prized for a rich chile flavor and for two weeks at the peak of hatch season the grocery stores here in Austin are … Read more

Grilled Shishito Peppers with Honey, Lime and Miso

It’s been only a few weeks since my last post, but it feels like longer. The family and I took a long overdue vacation. We soaked up rays from the Mexico sun, swam until our fingers shriveled and overate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A few pounds heavier, I’ve been afraid to … Read more


Walking into Amada in Philadelphia your sense of smell goes into overdrive because the smell of garlic and jamón permeates the air. The distinct smell is unlike any other I’ve ever experienced at any other restaurant. It is here at this Spanish tapas restaurant that I first tried garlic dulce de leche. … Read more