On croque monsieur pizza and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

Inspiration comes from weird places sometimes. While scrolling through Instagram recently I noticed someone trying to pass off something as a croque monsieur that was anything but, and following some stewing over it, I was inspired to dedicate one of our upcoming Friday night pizzas to adapting a croque monsieur to a pie. I’ve written…

Shrimp-tomato salad inspired by Toni Tipton-Martin’s The Jemima Code.

Following this year’s cookbook audit, I’ve been able to add a number of books to my collection from birthday gifts, including Toni Tipton-Martin’s The Jemima Code and Jubilee. The former is not a traditional cookbook much as it serves as a kind of historical record of African American cookbooks from the last 200 years. There…

Tom Colicchio’s roasted tomato risotto from Think Like a Chef.

Even the most casual of Top Chef fans know that attempting to make risotto usually does not end well for the cheftestants, though there have been a few exceptions. Some notable ones I remember include: Season three premiere: Howie actually makes a successful risotto with uni, but forgets to plate the other required component (frog’s…