No-Recipe One Pot Pasta (with whatever you have on hand!)

By now everyone has seen and probably tried one of the thousand one-pot pasta recipes which are floating around in the ethernet. I’ve heard from a handful of you about it and it seems that many of those existing recipes are … terrible pieces of shit. Encouraged by a friend online, I set out to figure […]

Classic Mashed Potatoes

Classic mashed potatoes — smooth, buttery, rich and savory — are one of my favorite foods. When fresh and hot and fluffy, there’s not much better to eat. These are the kind of mashed potatoes you want on your plate with your chicken fried steak and cream gravy. These are the ones to serve with […]

Sweet Potatoes vs Yams vs Taro vs Yuca

Mostly, I’m writing this post about the differences between sweet potatoes and yams and taro and yuca because I need to get it straight myself! You can watch the video on YouTube! Sweet Potatoes True (botanical) Sweet Potatoes are pictured below. Alternate names are kumara (New Zealand) camote (Mexico) and yam (USA). There are several […]

Chile de Arbol Salsa Recipe

Watch the salsa video on YouTube! I’ve been working on this chile de arbol salsa for at least five years. My first serious notes about it are dated summer of 2012, but I’d been trying out variations before then. You may not know, when we started this cooking show and website in 2010, I had […]

Pimento Cheese

Pimento Cheese Recipe Video – scroll down for recipe card Pimento cheese is a thing that is truly best when homemade. The stuff in the little plastic tubs just doesn’t do it for me: it’s sweet, it’s pasty, it lacks pizzazz! Homemade pimento cheese — especially mine — is rich and tangy and perfect for […]

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Homemade Pumpkin Puree How-to Video The first thing you gotta to do is getcha the right kinda pumpkin. You want what’s called a “pie pumpkin” or a “sugar pumpkin”, not the giant jack-o’lantern pumpkins that are floating around the stores this time of year. Pie pumpkins are smallish, less than 10″ across, dark orange, and […]

How to Preserve Fresh Herbs

Three easy ways to preserve fresh herbs. Watch the video and read the tips below. Check out the Home and Garden for Mere Mortals channel for more tips! Drying Herbs Drying herbs is probably the easiest and most hands-off method. Drying works best with strong-flavored herbs like oregano, rosemary, thyme, lavender, tarragon, dill, mint and […]

Gazpacho Andaluz

Gazpacho Recipe Video – scroll down for printable recipe Subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified of new videos. I got this gazpacho recipe from a friend in Spain, at the same time he taught me to make seafood paella, actually. It took me a long time to make gazpacho, clearly, but once I […]

New Series on Food Education! How to Pick a Watermelon

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be contributing one video a month to the new-ish YouTube channel Home and Garden for Mere Mortals. My series will focus on food education, including basic tips for choosing produce, simple preservation methods and seasonal topics. The first is How to Pick a Watermelon (and a tip for picking […]