Pork paprikash

Baby, it’s cold outside.  A summer cold snap calls for something with a little more substance than salad. Something saucy and meaty and noodley. This paprikash fits the bill nicely; a rich, but not too rich, sauce made with red wine and fresh tomatoes and lots of heat from pungent Hungarian paprika and cayenne. Lean […]

Chili (the secret recipe)

When a friend innocently asked me for my chili recipe I froze, then I panicked. Then I lied. “It’s a secret.” That was simply boneheaded and I apologize. There is no secret to this chili, just a mystery. A mystery because I have been making it for so long that I hardly think about what […]

Boil fish

“No, no, no” the waitress said forcibly removing the fork from L’s tightening grip. “We don’t do it like that.” We are sitting at Sip Sip, the dune-top lunch spot on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, and, up till now, everything has been perfect. The view from the terrace is right off a postcard, the […]

Fish stock

When I’m making fish stock my kitchen looks  a little bit like a mashup of The Little Mermaid and The Sopranos. Having to deal with fish heads aside (they’re great to have on the counter if you want to be alone in the kitchen), this is one of the simplest stocks to make because it […]