Dr. T’s Secret Spice Rub: An Interview with My Brother

Dr. T’s Secret Spice Rub: An Interview with My Brother

My big brother makes his own 15 ingredient spice rub. It is so good, even airport security thinks it must have drugs in it. They are probably right, the stuff is pretty addictive. To my chagrin, my bro won't give me the recipe, but I manage to pry some answers out of him.

Skillet Chicken Marbella

Skillet Chicken Marbella

An updated take on this classic chicken dish, you fall in love with the sweet, salty, subtly smoky combination of prunes, olives, and capers all over again with this skillet version.

Charcutepalooza: Chorizo Breakfast Sausage

Charcutepalooza: Chorizo Breakfast Sausage

I join Charcutepalooza this month in their meat grinding challenge, and made tangy, smoky, sweet, spicy chorizo sausage patties using a food processor.

Butternut Squash Polenta Two Ways

Butternut Squash Polenta Two Ways

Polenta. It’s rich, creamy, warm, and comforting, and the perfect blank canvas to work with. Here I've paired butternut squash polenta with saucy, tangy pulled pork. For leftovers, we have pretty polenta cakes topped with a roasted veggie spread.

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Inspiration for this comfort meal: Marcela Hazan’s much-touted recipe for Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion, meatball recipe combining the secrets of more than one Italian nonna, and a craving for The Godfather.

Cooking Class at Ramekins with Joyce Goldstein

Cooking Class at Ramekins with Joyce Goldstein

Cooking with Joyce Goldstein at the Ramekins Cooking School and Inn in Sonoma: Warm Scallop and Mushroom Salad, Crab and Fennel Risotto with Meyer Lemon Gremolata, Pork with Chestnuts served with Pumpkin Polenta, Blood Orange Marmalade Tart

Big-Ass Pot of Chili

Big-Ass Pot of Chili

2 pounds of bacon, 4 pounds of sausage, 6 pounds of ground beef…and that’s only the beginning.

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Chinese New Year Dinner–A Lucky Feast

Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Chinese New Year Dinner–A Lucky Feast

Gong Hay Fat Choy! Get ready for a New Year feast:
1) Lychee Bellinis (lychee = close family ties)
2) Jiao Zi (dumplings = prosperity)
3) Scallion Pancakes
4) Mini BBQ Spare Ribs (red for good luck!)
5) My Mom’s Lo Mein (noodles = a long life)
6) Whole White Chicken with Ginger & Scallion (white chicken = happiness & purity, and family as well if it’s served whole)
7) Mushrooms and Black Moss Seaweed (Moss Seaweed = prosperity)
8) Ginger and Scallion Steamed Whole Fish (whole fish = an abundance of good luck)
9) Caramel Oranges (oranges = wealth)
11) Tray of Togetherness (sweets = good luck)

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps and Yay for Asians

Vietnamese Lettuce Wraps and Yay for Asians

For a DIY recipe for Bun Cha Hanoi, Grilled Pork and Rice Vermicelli Lettuce Wraps, filled with delicious, fatty pork shoulder, fish sauce, garlic and grated onion.

Cornbread Casserole

Cornbread Casserole

Earl Brandy, Jr.’s Sausage Pepper Cheese Quiche with Cornbread Crust, a 3rd place winner of the National Cornbread Festival 2009, soothed my southern envy!