It’s Not Boring

Four years ago I pulled out one of my favorite quotes from Ruth Reichl when posting about upcoming changes at our former restaurant Esquina. I find I am drawn to it again… “Moderation in all things is a mantra we’ve been hearing a lot about of late. It is healthy. It is sane. It is…

My All Time Most Requested Dessert From Days Gone By…

Back when I was the pastry chef for Krause Dining, I planned and executed the nightly menu’s two served desserts as well as the small plate of mignardises (at least three tiny sweets) to pass at the table. I tried to change these items regularly, but one dish I put together was hard to ever…

Let’s not be reasonable…

I cut out a quote years ago from Gourmet magazine written by Ruth Reichl that is taped to my computer in my office. It reads: “Moderation in all things is a mantra we’ve been hearing a lot about of late. It is healthy. It is sane. It is morally correct. It is also very boring….

Cooking Class

I’ve been waiting for the inspiration to hit and low-and-behold it has! Looking over the pages the publisher sent us of our upcoming cookbook has got me excited about the content. So, I’ve decided to teach a cooking class at The Bay Leaf in downtown Lawrence using the same concept we used in our book…

Buy a Food Memory

An interesting post on Gimundo about “Why a Vacation will make you happier than a new car” has got me thinking. It states that spending your money on experiences (like travel and meals out) will make you happier than spending it on possessions (cars, gadgets, etc.). We sometimes buy objects like computers and phones that…

Infused

When two things hang around together long enough they are bound to rub off on to each other – couples end up using the same expressions, dogs and humans seem to actually resemble each other, your daughter takes up her best friend’s habit of using “like” in every sentence. And so goes it the kitchen…

The Low-Down on Esquina

Thank you so much to those of you who showed up at Esquina last night, it was great to be among so many friends. Things went well for an opening night with throngs of customers – no major disasters (only a few minor ones). In our effort to get our doors open, we haven’t gotten…

Times of In-Between

The kitchen in our home is being dismantled. At first it was nice to move out some of the more commercial aspects of our operation. We really don’t need the pan rack up now that it is not necessary to have a dozen skillets available at all times, and without them being hung we get…

Behind the Scenes at Esquina

We are beyond color chips and written menu ideas – color has been rolled on the walls and test recipes are being prepared. No actual customers yet, so I’ll consider these pictures a second trimester peek. The bar is taking shape! Not afraid of a bit of color… A dulce de leche tasting – the…

Make Your Food Taste Better (No Cooking Required)

Sure you could take a cooking class, watch a cooking show, or even just practice. But why not improve the taste of the food you already eat – no cooking required. Here are some tips to get the most out of any meal. 1) Put your food on a plate. You may go through the…