Last week I finally broke down and purchased a new mandoline. I’ve had my eye on a larger one for a while, so I decided to treat myself. Of course, I wanted to try it out immediately, and potatoes au gratin is an excellent recipe for a mandoline!
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s still soup season. Here in upstate New York, the weather has gotten a bit warmer lately, but the nights are still quite chilly. And nothing warms you up like a hot bowl of hearty soup on a cold night! Since St. Patrick’s Day is drawing close, […]
It’s still cold outside. Yup, I just checked, and they are calling for possible snow flurries this afternoon. Seriously? It’s mid-March! (Can you tell I grew up in the south?) Do you crave certain types of food at different times of the year? I know I do. And I also crave certain styles of cooking in […]
As a kid, I always loved Lucky Charms cereal. I thought brightly colored marshmallows were pretty much the coolest thing since the Slinky! Plus, they were magically delicious! I had no idea how they were made…nor did I really care at age 7. What I did know was that Lucky Charms were bright and came […]
St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away! I love celebrating holidays, so of course Halloween through Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. But St. Patrick’s Day is not far behind in my book.
It’s that time of the year again–Girl Scout Cookie Season! I truly think that Girl Scout Cookies may be one of the only reasons I’m willing to open my front door at this time of the year. (I hear they are calling for more snow tonight…really!?) One of my favorite posts from last year was […]
As regular readers of Spiced have probably figured out by now, I am obsessed with all things Italian. (See yesterday’s post about Parmigiano Reggiano and how my wife and I visited a cheese cave on our honeymoon!) One of my absolute favorite things in Italy was the gelato shops, or gelateria, on nearly every street […]
Believe it or not, my food journey began in middle school in Charleston, South Carolina. It didn’t begin with a delicious cake or an amazing feast, but rather with a class….a Latin 1 class. Yes, you read that correctly–I trace my culinary journey back to a Latin 1 class I took in 7th grade. The […]
As a kid, my all-time favorite dessert was vanilla pound cake. Most kids want cupcakes or cakes or candy…not me. I wanted vanilla pound cake. In fact, I’m pretty sure I requested a pound cake for my birthday in July one year. And yes, I also requested birthday candles in it. As I’ve grown older, […]
My wife and I love to entertain. Neighbors, coworkers, friends, friends of friends…heck, even the dogs. There is just something about inviting people over for good conversation and good times! But have you ever noticed that guests will always (and I mean always) gather in your kitchen? You can have a beautiful table laid out […]
I love playing in the kitchen! I guess that’s a pretty obvious comment given that I run this food blog, but it’s true. Nothing makes me happier than a weekend spent cooking in the kitchen with a basketball or football game on in the background. I’m one of those weird guys who enjoys pulling out […]
Last week, a friend ask me what my favorite recipe was, and I had a really hard time coming up with an answer. I have certain favorite recipes for breakfast while I turn to others for lunch. Likewise, I have a number of go-to recipes for dinner and desserts, so it was really hard impossible to […]