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…cathecting upon cassoulet…

I am always, in the back of my mind, pondering things such as cassoulet. I ponder about cassoulet for reasons other than eating it; it is a small journey, as all good cooking should be, taken in the kitchen with things you make and collect over the course of weeks and months leading up to … Continue reading

…wine cured bacon…

I am sometimes in need to totally withdraw from life as I know it. I’ve found that over the years people do not quite get this or understand what it means or why I need it. Maybe it is a character flaw – or maybe it is a flaw in people who don’t understand it. … Continue reading

…sausage…

The interesting facet of life and the experiences it offers, is that eventually you wind up with tastes that are honed in certain ways. I enjoy this aspect of cooking, that it offers up a such a simple parallel for life at large; if you take a few risks eventually you’re rewarded with a certain … Continue reading

…rillettes…

Always, I am playing with things. At certain moments, I am inspired. Often it comes in the obscure form of someone who remarks that they’re looking for something to do with leftover bacon fat, enquiring whether or not it would be good for confit. “Of course it would”, I say. But even better, I think … Continue reading

…another pig roast…

Years ago, before and after I graduated from architecture school, I worked for a firm that specialized mostly in commercial work. Kmart stores for the most part. I found it heartless and disappointing. I always found myself running away from aspects of it, finding that some tasks were tantamount to eating large spoons full of … Continue reading

…biscuits…

/ There are few things that are more fun than having someone throw out an idea about making something, only to realize you’ve no real experience with it. In this case it was something as ‘simple’ as biscuits. There’s a plethora of recipes floating around out there. It’s easy enough to just find one and … Continue reading

…the magic of olives…

Too many people who cook get caught up in all of the wrong things sometimes, I think… They talk about Thomas Keller and his recipe for fried chicken and somehow the earth stands still in some sort of epiphanic moment for them… Without a doubt, there are highlights to my life on this earth, though … Continue reading