Garganelli with pecorino, pancetta, and red onion.

Apparently, everyone in the Baltimore metro area is baking right now because bread flour and yeast are harder to come by than toilet paper in our local stores, at least according to the chatter in my local cooking Facebook group. I practically lit up when Michael placed a bag of bread flour in the cart…

On Master of None, making tortellini, and making television.

Can I take a moment and say how smitten I am with the newest episodes of Master of None? We’re slowly making our way through the season–just one new one a week–and as such I feel like we’re SO behind because the various pop culture blogs I follow have already moved on to a bunch…

Casarecce with pancetta, chile, and ricotta from Franny’s.

Man, does it feel like this January has been trying, even if the Baltimore area is on-track to have the least-snowiest winter on record and we had one day that was skirting close to 70 degrees. Most of this malaise is due to the enormity of what’s going on in our country and around the…

Stephanie Izard’s grilled oysters with horseradish aioli.

As a lover of all things oyster, I have to admit that usually my preferred mode of eating them is raw and right out of the shell, maybe with a little lemon, horseradish, or mignonette. I’ll enjoy a good fried oyster po’ boy from time to time, of course, but I never really warmed to…

Sabor de soledad, Michael in Tokyo edition.

It’s been a while since I’ve recounted a week sabor de soledad, even though Michael has had several trips taking him all over the place in the last year or so. Two weeks ago he was in the fabulous city of Tokyo on a last-minute trip, and I have to say that I was pleased…