Biscuit Bliss

Black & Blue Biscuits Recently a friend commented that despite the fact that he was born and raised in the South, and grew up cooking with his grandmother, he was somehow shorted on the all important southern “biscuit gene”.  Aren’t all southerner’s supposed to be able to whip out the flour, add some lard and 10 minutes later have biscuits … Read More

Flour Power

Are you one of those people who prefer cooking to baking?  Even as professional chefs go, very few openly embrace both aspects…just watch some of the cooking competition shows on TV and you’ll very likely see the “headlights in the eyes of a deer” look from more than one contestant.  “Baking is too exact…it’s a science and cooking is an … Read More

“C is for Cookie”

Picture showing Pay Day Cookies

Who can believe that August is already here??  Yikes..it seems like spring was only yesterday and now the stores are advertising “Back to School” sales and I’m trying to get in the mindset for Christmas.    Lest I come across as one of those Überorganized people who plan vacations, parties and social events two seasons ahead  let me dispel that myth right … Read More

Remember When Cooking Shows Really Were About Cooking?

  I have always been fascinated by food.  My earliest food memories are of me at the age of 4 0r 5, standing on a folding wooden stool by the kitchen sink, and using mom’s vegetable trimmings to make a “salad” in an recycled plastic storage container.  Sure, it was an odd combination of lettuce cores, carrot trimmings, and the ends … Read More

Fruit: Is it “Ripe”?

Why don’t grocery store tomatoes taste like the flavorful ones we get from farmstands and our backyard?  Why don’t nectarines found in the store in February every taste like the ones in July? It all comes down to understanding ripeness.  Ripeness in fruit is not based on color alone. Color will change as a fruit becomes ripe (red bell peppers … Read More

Homemade Churros

Growing up in southern California I was accustomed to Churros, a Mexican pastry stick that is coated with cinnamon sugar.  They could be found at everything from concession stands and high-school games to theme parks, and most any place where such snack type offerings could be bought.  Recently while updating my “Mexican Fiesta” class I decided to incorporate them as … Read More

Food Jeopardy: Difference Between Herbs & Spices?

Flavors of the World for $200 – Herbs and spices bring life and flavor to our food, they make our tastebuds tingle with excitement and elicit physical responses from the body.  They have been the sought for centuries and ultimately have been responsible for the discovery of new continents and worldwide colonization.  But what are they…what determines if something is … Read More

Guessing Game of Flavor

Have you ever felt that seasoning food was somewhat akin to playing a game of “pin the tail on the donkey”?  Add a little of this and it’s too spicy, add a little of that and now it’s too salty…How many times have you anticipated the robust and bold flavor of something you’re cooking and when you taste it are … Read More

Welcome to “Beyond the Recipe”

I’m finally doing it….guests and friends have been asking for a LONG time if I have a website where they can stay in touch with me and ask questions, get recipes, learn tips, and all  that other fun stuff that we “foodies” like to do. Well…here it is.  Anyone that knows me well knows that I’m quite prone to over-analyzing … Read More