Grasshopper Taco

In Washington, D.C., at José Andrés' Oyamel restaurant I of course ordered the Chapulines, a legendary Oaxacan taco specialty that features sautéed grasshoppers

Not Your Mom's Spaghetti

A departure from the pasta-norm but definably not a departure from flavor!

Lemon-herb marinated chicken spiedini, romano spaghetti squash, tomatoes, basil infused olive oil, garlic toast, grilled lemon.

Pecan Pie Quandary

What size and shape to make? Well, no matter the shape they were all delicious!

The filling is made with Kentucky bourbon and a small dose of sorghum to give it depth, and of course the pecans plus the other usual ingredients.

Peaches and Cream Ice cream from the famed Comfy Cow in Louisville is the perfect accompaniment for any and all of these!

Large "Vertically Constructed" Pecan Tassies

If there was such a thing as the "Pecan Pie Mother Load" it would look like this!

The rustic cast iron dish seems so fitting and makes warming it up easy, which is a must!.....warm, gooey pecan pie goodness with some ice cream.....this is a dessert you can get possessive about, "If you want some dessert order your own! Get your fork out of my dessert!"

Solid Advice

A great reminder that cooking just doesn't happen by putting all the ingredients in a pan, it's a very intuitive skill that requires analyzing the product at hand, heat source, and desired finished product.....and hopefully this all happens in 5 seconds or less during a Saturday night dinner rush!

Crabapple Cookery

I've had a crabapple tree for 10 years and always ignored it....until now! I always let the birds swoop in this time of year and pick the tree clean.  For lack of cranberry bogs in Kansas I thought I would give these the "Cranberry Treatment".

First step - get the crabapples off the tree!

Next step, clean and sort through the fruit.

Next I placed them into a large non-reactive pan with jalapenos, fresh ginger, cinnamon sticks, apple cider, honey, and sugar. This cooks until all of the berries burst open. They are then pressed through a fine mesh strainer. This is exactly like cooking cranberries.

Sweet, tart crabapple jelly.