This dish which originates from Cuba literally translated means “old clothes” which refers to the texture of the meat. This is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes. It can easily be made on the stove as well. Cuban food isn’t spicy but it’s very savory. Sometimes I add just a 1/4 cup high quality […]
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Chaat – Not Related to Chit
Vik’s Chat House in Berkeley, CA is a real gem. They started out as a small storefront and distribution company for all ingredients needed to cook authentic Indian food. They grew into a warehouse like restaurant that offers some of the best Indian food I’ve ever had. Their mango lassi (a thick yogurt smoothie made with mangoes, yogurt […]
Market Lunch in Eastern Market, Washington, D.C.
Years ago, Kimberly and I were at the Natural Products Expo East working at the Odwalla/Fresh Samantha booth and we needed a serious break from the convention floor. I had lived in D.C in the 1980’s and loved making the pilgrimage to the Eastern Market. Ready, willing and able to look at produce just like […]
Ode to Trader Joe’s
One thing I really miss living in Colorado is Trader Joe’s. This grocery chain has a knack for not only producing decent pre-made foods but also for having unusual items for the creative cook. For the quality of product, the prices cannot be beat. I am so obsessed that I make sure whenever I’m in a state that has […]
Time for Teaism
The first time I sipped at Teaism was such a treat that I can vividly recall the aromatic teas, salty oat cookies and ginger scones. Not a fancy place, Teaism just does things right. Barr asked that I specifically mention their chai tea, which she finds uncommonly good and fantastically prepared. There are three Teaism locations in […]
Ratatouille, Roasted & Reconstructed
This dish was inspired by the beautiful, amethyst eggplants from Abbondanza Farm at the Boulder Farmer’s Market. Abbondanza specializes in heirloom varieties of vegetables and seeds. Their stall is always a joy to visit. Somehow, I wanted to showcase these beauties. I wasn’t able to achieve that goal because the stunning purple faded during cooking. Instead, what I ended up […]
This Ricotta Rules!
Most commercial ricotta cheese is ubiquitous, nondescript. It works just fine as a filling for lasagna or as a base for Italian cheesecake, but ricotta is not usually the belle of the ball. I have a new favorite ricotta to eat off the spoon: Maplebrook Farm Whole Milk Ricotta. It is creamy, even silky. Its taste […]
Savory Spice of Colorado is my favorite place to buy spices. The Johnstons’ opened their first store in Denver and recently opend a second in Boulder. Fret not, they also have a fantastic website that features wonderful recipes and all kinds of ways to use their concoctions. One of my favorites is Capital Hill Seasoning. I […]