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Boston Room Service Surprises

A quick overnight business trip to Boston, and was pleasantly surprised by both the hotel and the room service. I'm due for a longer post about why room service is one of my favorite indulgences, and...

2022 Cherry Blossom Viewing

We have a magnificent old Kwanzan cherry tree in our yard, and since I purchased the house, I make a point of holding a cherry blossom viewing party every year since nothing gives me purer joy than t...

2021 Seafood Thanksgiving

This was fun! Every ingredient that came out the fridge was more magical than the last; I really felt like I was back in culinary school with all those top-notch ingredients again. Lobster mac from fr...

2021 Cherry Blossom Viewing Party

When we moved in last year, seeing this tree first explode in bloom was a pleasant surprise. This year I waited for it, preplanned our menu, and the very first blossoms opened on May 1st. It's now at...

2020 Christmas

I really enjoyed cooking this Christmas goose. It was at least 12lbs and I scored about 16 ounces of goose fat after the fat I incorporated back into side dishes. I did a salt rub like I would do fo...

2020 Thanksgiving

Obligatory turkey picture for Thanksgiving. Relatively simple sides:

  • Green bean casserole
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Fried Okra
  • Cream pie


Fragrant Boiled Fish

Sichuan fragrant spicy boiled fish is one of my favorite things to make. I'm using a premade seasoning packet, but I'm hoping to soon start it from scratch. The sizzling oil added as a garnish is deli...

Breakfast? Brunch? What is Time

Bacon and eggs for... Breakfast? Brunch? Who knows

Featured is Hammer & Sickle Vodka from Russia. I don't drink a lot of vodka, but I do lean toward this brand or some solid Absolut.

Hungry Shopping Spree

Apparently I began a Yamibuy shopping spree last week after about 20 hours of water fasting, and proceeded to lose my mind. I don't remember adding some of these to my cart. I must have blacked out. M...

2020 Cherry Blossom Viewing Party

We moved in later winter this year, and I took only the briefest glance at the trees in front at the time. While I did see the little buds on the tree, I had no idea it'd bloom into such a breathtakin...