Fresh GF Pasta

Homemade Gluten-Free Pasta!!!!!! A recipe that works!

I’ve tried a lot of GF pastas. A lot. Back when I used to eat gluten, my favorite thing in the world, my happy place, and my comfort food was a big bowl of pasta. Unfortunately, though most of the GF pastas out there are totally acceptable, they’re not anywhere near the same. There are usually strange flavors or textures, or the pasta goes straight from undercooked to mush. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy it’s out there! But I had to find a better option. And I did!

Napa Vineyard

Going Gluten Free or: How to Start a New Life!

The Decision: Going Gluten-Free I suppose I should take a second to talk about the gluten free thing!  If you’ve been following my posts, a lot of the older ones contain a huge amount of food with gluten in it. Part of becoming a chef is cooking all that is gluten-y and great.  However, long […]

Bright and fresh cellophane noodle salad with calamari, chilies, and herbs: an easy recipe for a hot summer day | Tasting Everything

Cellophane Noodle Salad with Fresh Calamari, Chilies, and Herbs

    It’s so amazing to be living in Napa. Phenomenal ingredients everywhere; the freshest seafood, gorgeous produce everywhere, including my backyard, wines, oils, cheeses…the list is endless! A quick meal, even something as simple as a cellophane noodle salad, can be unbelievably rewarding.   Summer here can be extremely hot, but after a lifetime […]

Chipotle Pork Salt and Rendered Fat

Chipotle Pork Salt or: What to do with that darn leftover pork fat?

My family and I were making these awesome pork tacos for a party that my parents were hosting, and we wound up trimming a ton of fat off the pork butts before we used the meat to make a slow-cooked pork and hatch chili taco that was pretty much out of this world. Rather than […]