Jacques Pepin’s Chicken Thighs

I really appreciate Jacques Pepin’s cooking style.  His food is elegant, yet easy enough for the home cook to master.  If you ever watch any of his shows on PBS you will see how easy he makes everything look.  You will be inspired as well to cook great food at home.

Spanish Spaghetti with Olives

You’d be amazed at the difference just adding a few simple ingredients makes to an ordinary and familiar dish. I kinda, sorta hate spaghetti because I used to make it so often when my kids were small and I was broke. That was all the time, like several nights a week. But that’s what you…

Baked Rosemary Chicken with Polenta

It just never dawned on me that polenta and grits are basically the same thing. So is masa harina. They are all just cornmeal. The only differences are the coarseness of the grind and the color of the corn.


For some reason many people seem to be afraid to try mussels, but yet want to try mussels.  If you can get them fresh you are in business.  Fresh mussels offer many of the benefits of eating fresh seafood without tasting at all fishy.  Like they say, “Tastes like chicken!”  They are also very easy…