Daily Food: Scrumptious Pork Chop

Pork is my favorite meat, and pork chops might be my favorite cut of the animal.  There’s the perfect, meaty loin section along the the top of the rib and the the luscious, fatty layer surrounding it.  Depending on where on the ribs the chop was cut, you can also get some of the baby … Continue reading

Foods from the Past: Tomato Ragu with Ground Beef in Ramekins

On the rare occasion that I plan my meals ahead and prepare extra for the coming week, I might come up with a meal like the following: Tomato Ragu with Ground Beef in Ramekins It is essentially ground beef and sauteed tomatoes, with added herbs, vegetables and tomato sauce.  I’m calling it a ragu in … Continue reading

Writing about Ace Biscuit and Barbecue

I’ve posted before about Ace Biscuit and Barbecue and their wonderful food and the funky vibe, but it wasn’t until this morning* that it struck me how special of a restaurant it is, especially in the larger scheme of American restaurants and American food.  We’re so spoiled here in Charlottesville to have small-scale, local restaurants … Continue reading

Clifton Inn Chefs in the Garden Dinner Series

Last Monday, the Clifton Inn hosted the second dinner of its Chefs in the Garden series where they invite additional chefs to join head Chef Tucker for a multiple-course dinner in the garden.  Each of the chefs dreams up and creates their own courses.  The most recent dinner featured Chef Joe Sparatta from Heritage (Richmond), Tim … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Restaurant Report

Ciao!  I am finally back with another post from the lovely Firenze.  It’s been a crazy couple of weeks with visits to Sienna, San Gimignano, Chianti, and the Amalfi coast.  Not to mention I’m still at school so I do have to go through the motions of homework and midterms and the like.  This post … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Power of Pork

Talk about fancy cooking equipment all you want, but I just made one of the best meals of my life in a cheap metal pot from IKEA, in a cramped rented kitchen, with limited hand-me-down utensils, on a persnickety old gas stove, on the fourth floor of an apartment building in a foreign country.  TV … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Experimenting with Fiorentine Food

As I’ve been learning more and more in photography class (such as how to use the camera in a mode other than “Auto,”), I’ve been taking much better pictures of everything from the streets here in Firenze to all the wonderful food here.  Here is a little chronicle of my evening of cooking, including a … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Cibo a Casa

In between longer journals, essays, and reflections, I thought I’d share pictures of food I’ve eaten, purchased, and made.  This particular post is about food I’ve enjoyed at the apartment thusfar, and “cibo a casa” means “food at home.”  I think taking pictures is the easiest way to represent food, so although I don’t have … Continue reading

Downtown Dinners: Bizou and Brookville

This will be a quick post without many words because I think the pictures will speak for themselves.  I want to document some amazing recent dinners I’ve had on the downtown Charlottesville mall.  The first set of images is from my first trip to a French restaurant called Bizou.  It doesn’t have a website, and … Continue reading

Braised Lamb Shanks

I made braised lamb shanks this winter after buying some beautiful lamb from a farmer at the Charlottesville City Market earlier in the fall.  It was my first time cooking lamb shanks, but I had ordered lamb shanks at restaurants before, so I knew how rich and delicious they could be.  I combined a few … Continue reading