Recipes and Stories

19 October 2018: Grilled Ham and Pimiento Cheese

October 19, 2018

Tags: Classic Southern Cooking, Classic American Cooking, Pimiento Cheese, Ham, Grilled Ham and Pimiento Cheese

Grilled Ham and Pimiento Cheese.
When griddle-toasted sandwiches became popular in the last century, it raised one of the oldest sandwiches known, thin-sliced ham and cheese tucked between thin slices of buttered bread, from classic to perfection. There’s nothing in all of cooking that can surpass that exquisite balance of crisp butter-toasted bread, warmed salty-sweet ham, and irresistibly (more…)

3 October 2018: Linguine with Crab

October 3, 2018

Tags: Historical Cooking, Classic Italian Cooking, Traditional Cooking, Crab, Linguine, Pasta

Linguine with Crab
There are far too many cooks who believe that a knowledge of culinary history and of the traditions of a given cuisine is a culinary straight jacket, that to be truly creative is to abandon the past and its structure, throw caution to the wind, and let your creative juices flow. But actually the opposite is true. In cooking, when there’s no grounding structure, the results are rarely memorable and all too often look less like a burst of creative magic than a train wreck.

Contrary to this notion, a firm grasp of basic the culinary principles and flavor profiles of a tradition actually lends more freedom than less to be creative in a meaningful and lasting way. (more…)