From the Pantry: Couscous with Almonds and Mint

“Ahhh, couscous — the food so nice, they named it twice.” –Dale Denton (played by Seth Rogan), Pineapple Express After spending a blissful afternoon in the garden and a lingering lunch on the patio at my favorite local grill, I swept into the house only to remember that, in an hour or so, I needed a dish…

I Blame GBBO: Chicken Pie

“This is Desperate Dan territory. Making massive pies out of hot water crust pastry is always a good thing to do on a cold day. They’re warming and hearty and they set you up.” –Richard Burr, finalist in series 5 of The Great British Bake Off I blame The Great British Bake Off. I am…

January, 23: National Pie Day Steak Pie

As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in pie. And there’s an ‘I’ in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team … I don’t know what he’s talking about. -Simon Pegg as Shaun of Shaun of the Dead Last Sunday, I decided to serve up a steak pie…

My first Salsa Verde

“..no one is born a great cook, one learns by doing.” ― Julia Child (culinary icon, OSS agent) My tomatillos finally ripened.  The bright yellow star flowers that delighted all manner of bee and butterfly bent their heads into little purses to hold tangy yet oddly sweet purple and green fruit.  Unknowingly, I had planted a variety that…