Cooking The World

The more I eat, the more adventurous my palate becomes, and as I grow more daring as an eater, I find myself becoming bolder as a cook. Trying exotic fare at restaurants, exploring the exciting culinary creations crafted by others, makes me increasingly hungry for more tempting tastes at home. Although I’m no proponent of…

Top Ten Essential Cooking Tools

If the first step to sustainable and healthy eating is cooking for oneself, then the walking shoes are a cook’s essential kitchen tools. For novice home cooks, the daunting prospects of detailed recipes, complicated meal planning guides and restaurant-quality cooking techniques turn many away from ever attempting their first dish. As an advocate of simple…

Kimchi Stew – The Perfect Winter Meal

Cincinnati is experiencing an unexpected cold snap this week. A few days ago, temperatures rose as high as seventy, leaving most folks around here to conclude that spring wasn’t far off. Now, lows are dropping into the teens, and snow flurries have been on and off for the past couple of days. Such fluctuation is…

Two Hearty Winter Dishes

Winter has arrived in Cincinnati, and in the Ohio Valley, that means overcast days, long nights, snow, icy rain and plenty of windy Mid-Western cold. To stay warm and energized during the chilly season, my wife and I love to indulge in hearty and spicy dishes that stick to our ribs and tingle our taste…

Top Five: Seafood Dishes

My wife and I absolutely love seafood, much more so, it seems, than our Mid-Western neighbors. Perhaps it’s the result of growing up in the South – where catfish, trout or shrimp come across a dinner plate on a weekly basis – or maybe it’s because we love the unique textures, flavors, colors and aromas…

Top Five: Pork Dishes

For the third installment of my “Top Five” series, I wanted to highlight my favorite pork dishes. Usually, my wife and I stick to shoulder roasts and sausage when we cook pork, although occasionally we foray into different cuts, such as ribs. By primarily eating these two types of pork, we promote more of a…

Top Five: Chicken Dishes (No Breasts Allowed)

My wife and I love cooking with chicken. It is an incredibly affordable and versatile protein, and it works well with almost any seasoning, cuisine and cooking method. As a result, we end up cooking at least one chicken dish every week – sometimes two – and even when we buy high-quality organic poultry from…

Top Five: Vegetarian Dishes

Over the next few weeks, I will be writing a series of posts highlighting some of my favorite meals to cook. For this first installment, I decided to take a closer look at my top five favorite vegetarian dishes. Although vegetarian cuisine comes as an afterthought for most people, I always enjoy the chance to…

Don’t Make Your Kitchen A Restaurant

A major pitfall for the home cook is trying to make food look like it does in restaurants. While ingredients should be fresh and high quality and while great taste should always be a top priority, the average home cook simply doesn’t have the time, tools or money needed to produce professional meals. Like most…

Slow-Cooked Saturday

Slow-cooking a meal on Saturday evening has become a weekly tradition for my wife and I. After we’ve done our grocery shopping and enjoyed our afternoon, we typically come home, prep for dinner and let a delicious meal cook while we relax. This past Saturday, we decided to make pulled pork barbeque sandwiches with a…

Top Ten Essential Herbs & Spices

I’ve discussed before about how important it is for the home cook to have a well-stocked spice cabinet. By having an array of seasonings on hand, any dish can become tastier, which allows you to rely less on prepackaged food and encourages you to cook a variety of dishes. With a few choice herbs and…

The Ultimate Guide to Weeknight Pizza: Some Assembly Required

Who doesn’t like digging into a delicious slice of pizza while unwinding from a long day at work? To achieve this weeknight pie paradise, most people usually turn to one of the following options: delivery or frozen. However, going with the former inundates you with grease, and the latter never tastes as good as the…