2016: It Wasn’t All Sadness and Politics

December 30, 2016 // 18 Comments

There’s been so much talk of 2016 being one of the worst years in memory. I’ve had my share of heartache but there were many bright spots. I might need to wallow in my misery over the weekend but for now, I want to remember the highlights of an amazing, unusual year. The most amazing thing that happened this year was the New York Times article on our Marcella beans that came out in (Click for more)

A New Happy Addiction: Deep Fried Capers

December 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

A present of a jar of salt-packed capers from Sicily made my breakfast this morning happily insane. No Cheerios for me. My friend Lisa Minucci of Heritage Artifacts always finds the coolest things, both vintage and new, and this jar of capers was no exception. This may turn you off them but you do need to soak them for about four hours and changing the water occasionally is recommended. But you (Click for more)

My Way of Cooking: A Plea for Simplicty

December 2, 2016 // 0 Comments

There are so many ways of thinking about cooking. Our instinct with beans would be to add all kinds of flavors. Maybe vegetables and meats plus stock. Then let them all mingle together and make something much greater than the individual parts. For some things, this probably works. Actually, it might be a fine way of cooking. For me, after watching and learning from Georgeanne Brennan, often (Click for more)

Free E-Book: The New World Thanksgiving

November 15, 2016 // 1 Comment

Every year we like to share our ebooklet, Rancho Gordo Thanksgiving. Whether you go all indigenous ingredient or just use it as a source of inspiration, it’s yours and you can download it here, now. I used to think Thanksgiving was no big deal but now that I’m old and wise, I love it. No presents, good food and at my table, no politics, especially this year. I am not much of a (Click for more)

This Saturday: Diana Kennedy at Rancho Gordo in the Ferry Building

November 10, 2016 // 0 Comments

One of my fondest memories was being hired to do a staff dinner for a friend’s restaurant. I had been obsessed with cooking Mexican food and he wanted me to cook for this event, despite the fact that I had no idea what I was doing. I was reading Diana Kennedy books religiously and during the party, a young Mexican-American woman asked who the abuela was cooking all the good food. I was just (Click for more)

Bean Boys Love Their Toys: Fagioli al Fiasco

September 23, 2016 // 8 Comments

For years I’d heard of fagioli al fiasco. Small white beans like the famous Zolfini from Tuscany were placed in an empty wine bottle with olive oil and herbs and then placed in the smoldering embers of a wood fire. I finally tracked down a terra cotta pot that did this and the results were great, but the opaque clay made it hard to know what was going on inside and clean up felt a bit (Click for more)

Books I Like, No. 2

May 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

Three more books for the ages, according to me. The Essential Cuisines of Mexico by Diana Kennedy I was very excited when this came out. It was supposed to replace The Cuisines of Mexico, Mexican Regional Cooking, and The Tortilla Book, all out of print at the time but it’s really a “best of” with some new recipes but many favorites cut. I use it a lot but the original three. (Click for more)

Books I Like (No. 1)

May 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

Like most of you, I love cookbooks. I love the idea of them and mostly I love them when I get them but more often than not, they collect dust. I wanted to share the books that have changed the way I cook. These are my dirtiest books (from use!) and they’ll go with me wherever I end up. My Mexico by Diana Kennedy When this book first came out, I was very disappointed. Some of the ingredients (Click for more)

Chili con Carne: Keeping Things Simple

May 19, 2016 // 0 Comments

The last of my conversation with Taylor Boetticher (The Fatted Calf) on chili con carne. We both are smitten with our mutual friend, Georgeanne Brennan and we discuss her influence and the general need for good ingredients and simple (Click for more)

Ask a Texan: Chili con Carne for the Ages

May 6, 2016 // 4 Comments

We’re on a Chili con Carne kick. In a big way. Please join us as we learn from a master, my pal Taylor Boetticher from The Fatted Calf (Napa and San Francisco). After you watch the video, download our free ebook on chili and order some of our 100% pure chile powder and make your own bowl of red. We know that chili people are like martini drinkers and often they are willing to duel with (Click for more)
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