Archive for the 'food' Category

Tom Kha Kai

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

This cold and flu season has been murder. But it gave me a chance to finally perfect this soup I love, but never found a good at-home recipe for. There used to be a small thai/chinese restaurant near my old office, and on cold days we’d get their chicken soup with coconut milk and kafir […]

“Best sushi in the Triangle” title changes hands.

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Tokyo Fun 4325 Highway 55th Durham, NC 27701 (919) 544-9696 Every once in a while an old champion flags and an upstart surges ahead. But sometimes, you get an even better surprise–a newcomer that, for some reason, has got /serious/ game and comes out a smidge ahead, with a venerable old favorite finishing gracefully a […]

Restaurant review: Sono sushi

Thursday, March 13th, 2008 For several years now, I’ve had an bunch of friends that get together about once a month to consume vast quantities of raw–and cooked–fishies. Our group’s been going out long enough now that we’ve tried a good number of the sushi places in the area… and we all have our favorites. When we can’t […]

Spoon bread.

Monday, February 19th, 2007

After 2 days subsisting on ginger ale and saltines, I made a foray into the kitchen today (and not just to clean the glasses off the counter). It’s cold outside, and my whole body wants something warm and comforting. But it needs to be simple, since I’m not sure I’ll be awake long enough to […]

Menu for a snowy day.

Thursday, February 1st, 2007

Working from home, it’s snowing. Soup and chili on the stove, cats at my feet (well, once they stopped chasing snowflakes out the window). Watching an old episode of Angel. So clever. “This is only the first layer. Don’t you want to see how deep I go?” (Fred) “In my time Nightmares walked among us. […]

Another boring update.

Sunday, December 3rd, 2006

Whew, I am tired–the end of another weekend came way too fast. And I didn’t even leave the house. Dorien is also exhausted; obviously being this cute takes lots and lots of effort. Made another attempt at clearing the yard. And, to think, I was glad because there were no pine trees here. Last time […]

Long weekend, comfort & joy.

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

Spent the lengthy Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. Is there anything more festive than a crepe paper turkey watching as his real live bretheren are slaughtered, roasted, and consumed? Not really. Turkey at my dad’s brother’s place is either deep fried, brined and smoked, or brined and grilled. My Uncle C. is a fantastic […]

Return of the illustrations

Wednesday, September 13th, 2006

Click for full photos. An impulsive but mostly practical purchase–between the need to record home improvements, the wish to document Door’s infancy, and the desire to photograph stuff for work and pleasure more cheaply, it was time to make a camera purchase. I didn’t have a lot of spare cash, so I did some research […]

Thank god for Skipper.

Thursday, August 17th, 2006

Just when I thought good seafood was a fantasy in these parts–finally, a seafood restaurant that knows the meaning of “fresh!” In all the years I’ve lived in this part of the country, and with its proximity to an oceanfront area where fresh seafood is caught, I’ve never understood why it was nearly impossible to […]

A tale of two piggies

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

Next on Southern chef: Memorial Day Rib Battle. Chef C. vs. Chef my Dad. What better time than Memorial Day weekend to light the grill and prepare some holiday food? For the beginning of summertime, the classic dish is, of course, ribs. Here in the south, that generally means ribs of the pig (Sorry, there, […]