Rosemary and Lemon Brined Grilled Chicken Breasts

Without a doubt, the most amazingly delicious chicken.  This brine is a variation ofMy “I Challenge ALL Claims to the Ultimate Brine” Turkey Brine, brine.  This dish is very easy but does require planning.  Interestingly, I came across an article discussing brining, the day I made this for dinner.  This article stated although there is a lot of salt in a brine it doesn’t stick ...more

Asian Brined Pork Chops with Chinese Broccoli

Asian Brined Pork Chops with Chinese Broccoli ...more

Charcutepalooza: Is That A Pickle In Your Pocket Or A Tongue?

A ROYAL SCREW-UP BUT READ ON AND GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS March Challenge is on! who can't do that?...more

In Search of Excellence

I stood up and faced the ten people gathered around our dining room table. “Will you excuse me a minute please?” I ran upstairs and stuck my head in a laundry basket.  And screamed.  When I raised my head, I saw my husband’s pant leg. “Something wrong?”  I looked up from my crumple on the floor. “It’s not perfect.” He shrugged.  “It doesn’t have to be.  It’s excellent.  That’s enough.”...more

I did this piece (and Are We There Yet) and a couple of others at a holiday reading last month. ...more

Eye'z Had A Craving For Corned Beef

"Giving is a matter of the heart, don't say it is a matter of wealth" -Swahili. East Africa"  ...more

Happy International Pickle Week! Celebrate with Some Unusual Pickles

International Pickle Week takes place May 15-25 this year -- and yes, I am noting for the record that that's actually 10 days, but who am I to argue with the Pickle Authorities? The event, scheduled right around the same time of year that the Northern Hemisphere is planting cucumbers for summer growth, celebrates those briny, vinegary vegetables that serve as a savory snack or condiment. ...more

I've made pickled daikon and pickled yellow squash, and I really like any kind of pickle. ...more