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Thursday, June 21, 2018 12:01 am
From every restaurant in which I’ve apprenticed, I’ve walked away with at least one “pearl” of kitchen wisdom that has helped me up my cooking game. Sometimes I learn a clever little trick to...
Thursday, June 14, 2018 12:01 am
 Sometimes, you can have too much of a good thing. It wasn’t long ago that the selection of good dry rosé wines was limited in wine shops and practically nonexistent in grocery stores. Now, en...
Thursday, June 7, 2018 12:01 am

Help for peanut sauce fans

 I have been very fond of the Magic Kitchen’s tiny fried eggrolls and accompanying peanut sauce as long as I have lived in Springfield. In fact, I am so much in love that I never share my order...
Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:01 am
 Last Saturday at the farmers market, I was attempting to make my way back to my car and head home, arms sore and tired from toting around an overflowing market basket and a hot and stroppy five-...
Thursday, May 24, 2018 12:01 am
 I dearly love asparagus – but I only allow myself to enjoy it in the spring and early summer, when local asparagus becomes available. After a winter of trying to come up with interesting and v...
Thursday, May 17, 2018 12:01 am

The opening of the farmers market

 This Saturday is the opening day of the Old Capitol Farmers Market (OCFM). I’ve had the day circled in my calendar for weeks now – I feel like a little kid counting the days until her birthd...
Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:01 am
I was traveling recently and needed to stop for a dinner break while en route. I found an attractive looking restaurant that specialized in “fusion” cuisine. I ordered a grilled chicken Banh Mi an...
Thursday, May 3, 2018 12:01 am
 If you forgot to make a reservation or simply don’t want to face the Mother’s Day brunch crowds, here’s an elegant, make-ahead menu that is fully customizable and easy enough to make with...
Thursday, April 26, 2018 12:01 am

In praise of Vicia

 It was the middle of the afternoon of my second day staging at the celebrated new St. Louis restaurant Vicia. (It’s pronounced “stah-jing. That’s French for voluntarily working your butt o...
Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:01 am

A passion for mayonnaise

 Increasingly, we seem to live in a world divided. Folks seem to fall firmly on one side of the proverbial fence or the other: conservatives versus liberals, paleo diet versus plant-based diet, C...

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