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

Daily Food: Vermillion Snapper

If you’re looking for a restaurant-like meal that’s deceptively easy to prepare, I would suggest fish.  Some think it’s hard to prepare and easy to overcook, but I find it’s actually easier to prepare than beef.  At least with white fish, to properly cook it, you just wait for the flesh to turn transparent.  And … Continue reading

Daily Food: Steamed Mussels in Red Wine

I’ve always walked by mussels and clams while food shopping and thought, “those are so yummy in restaurants, but they seem so intimidating to make at home.”  The descriptions in restaurants are so simple and unassuming as well: mussels steamed in white wine with garlic.  Well, I’d like to suggest that it really is just … Continue reading

Daily Food: Mackerel Cakes (aka using leftovers)

I love to cook a meal from scratch at every meal, but that’s not really feasible in the middle of a busy week.  So I’ve been trying to get better about preparing things in advance and about making better use of leftovers.  This post is about how I used the leftover mackerel that I had … Continue reading

Daily Food: Mackerel and Cauliflower Mash

I’m back to blogging!  I’ve started my final semester at UVA, and I’ve entered a reflective period, re-centering myself after a hectic holiday season on what interests and activities are most important to me.  Especially with graduation nearing, I’m trying to brainstorm career ideas and to put more time into activities that might help get … 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: 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