Why we cook

Cooking is the only way that we can really have control of our food. Prepare high quality ingredients simply. Don’t obsess about cookbooks. Cooking makes us human. read more…

Pantry essentials list: Non-perishable ingredients to have on hand

Here’s my list of standard, non-perishable ingredients to have on hand. It doesn’t include fresh food and other items that you buy to consume immediately. Let me know your feedback and suggestions. read more…

Darina Allen and Ireland’s Ballymaloe Cookery School

Darina Allen is an Irish chef, food writer, TV personality and founder of Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland. It is in County Cork, on the sea. Darina started the school in 1983 with her husband, Tim, a farmer. They emphasize the vital connection between farming and cooking. This is real food, Irish style. I have taken a course there and am a big fan. Also excellent are her many books, such as Irish Traditional Cooking. read more…

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