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[8 Apr 2010 | No Comment | 8,971 views]
Pork Belly Kushiyaki

Everything tastes better when it’s on a stick… And nothing tastes better on a stick than pork belly (butabara). You may be more familiar with the Japanese term yakitori (grilled chicken) – kushiyaki (skewered grilling) is a broader term, covering everything.

Butabara kushiyaki is typically prepared two ways – grilled with salt or grilled and dipped in tare (sweetened and thickened soy sauce). In my mind you’re remiss if you’re not keeping it simple with salt and a squeeze of lemon. The flavor of the pork is what you’re going for …

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[25 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 1,732 views]
It’s Citrus Season!

I don’t know about you, but I’m just about ready for this winter to be over… Maybe I’m getting scurvy, but citrus is on my mind of late. As wrong as it is, I still think of oranges, tangerines and grapefruit as “Summer” fruits, even though I know (my family’s from Florida) that January and February are peak season.

This guy sacrificed his skin to flavour a custard I made recently. What are some of your favorite Winter citrus recipes?

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[1 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 2,760 views]
Home. Home is where you keep your food…

I’m moving into a new house soon and I find myself dreading one thing more than any other – packing my kitchen. Every time I move find myself putting it off until the last minute. I keep convincing myself that if I pack something too early – my world will collapse. I just know that in the next two weeks, in spite of my packing, errand running and collapsing on the sofa with a beer and fast food because I’m just too damn tired to cook – I will absolutely, …

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[8 Jan 2010 | No Comment | 1 views]
Catskill Craftsman Cutting Blocks

Since I began cooking, I’ve graduated from hand-me-down wooden cutting boards to commercial boards of high-density polypropylene. But the idea of a massive butcher block in my work space has always been appealing to me.
Joy befell me when I finally got my hands on a big, end-grain hardwood block from Catskills Craftsmen. This thing is big (17”x17”x3”) and heavy (20+ lbs), and is now parked squarely front and center on my counter. Two weeks in, and I’m still looking for opportunities to hear that great “thunk” from my 10” Henckel’s …