Best Farmhouse Cheese Inspection

Two inspectors sniffing what appears to be some gouda for a competition for the best farmhouse cheese in Kamerik, Netherlands. Imagine for a moment how much olfactory history and heft is going into this exercise, and how can I get in on the action? (Robin Utrecht/European Pressphoto Agency)

crab mac'n'cheese

You can’t tell by looking at it, but blue crab is what makes this a dish worth stopping for at Pennsylvania 6, near Penn Station and Madison Square Garden, if you’ll happen to be in NYC some time soon. Photo by Byron Smith for the WSJ.


Learn to make it here. Four ingredients: flour, yeast, salt, water. Perfection.

Photo Delicious Shots



First meatballs, then sausages, then let’s not eat cake

The first and only time I ate horse was at Café Henry Burger in Ottawa, in the mid-1990’s. I was the saucier on the line, and horse was the special that night, a filet from the tenderloin that I was going to sear and pan-roast.

I had to taste it, or I wouldn’t know how to sauce it. I’m rarely squeamish about food, but this really got me. I tasted it anyway .

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eggyolk brooch

An homage to breakfast

A bacon scarf, hand-felted and pinned with an egg-yolk brooch.  Read more…

Devour_03When a photographer is looking at it, upside down, namely Norway’s Christopher Jonassen.

More magic ..

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bass beauties

How a couple of beauties can take your breath away

I’m thinking, crispy skin, soft, white flesh, freshness, sweetness and the taste of the lake. … Read more…


Brain Pickings is celebrating the life and work of graphic artist A. M. Cassandre, who was born today in 1901. Cassandre created this iconic ad above when he was 31. More about his life and tragic death are unwrapped here.


China Latina

China Latina is not just the name of chef Julieta Ballesteros’s new NYC restaurant at the Hotel Indigo. It’s a  descriptor that also nails her fusion cuisine. Say hello to her wonton tacos. Photo: Ramsay de Give for WSJ.


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Maybe, in the beginning, it was all about the yeast

Or, How a landing page delivers a brand

To my eyes, this establishment is a hipster couple. She’s the sweet, the cupcake, and he’s the beardy suds, the beer. That’s flagrantly sexist, but it was the only way I could “get” this business identity at first, because connecting the two, in terms of name stamp and food pairings, I wasn’t feeling it. … Read more…

Landing swordfish old school

When I began cooking professionally in the early 1990s, no one talked about sustainable fishing. We were serving up swordfish like crazy, which is considered crazy today.

It was insanely popular at the time and a regular on menus all over town. In those days, the big deal was convincing our clientele to eat the fish medium-rare or, better still, rare, because it took so little to overcook and dry out the fish, and once that happened, no one was happy. Looking back, it’s staggering to see how far we’ve come when it comes to eating raw fish. … Read more…

For people for whom a whole lot of counter space is not enough. And that would be me. Also, how much is enough when it comes to copper pots? Someone here might be planning to open a cooking school.


The eggs in Spain fall mainly on the other guy’s head

But by the looks of it, with flour thrown in for good measure. This strange behaviour is the celebration of Els Enfarinats, a traditional battle of baking ingredients — where’s the butter, I’m wondering — in the town of Ibi in eastern Spain…. Read more…

Just because @TheSirenGroup is chirping about World Elephant Day [coming up in August] and about the @ElephantMovie being about getting elephants back into the wild, I’ve hauled out my all-time favourite gif. Wildly fun.

But seriously, for the real deal … www.worldelephantday.org.



This cool guy comes from More Than Human, Tim Flach‘s new book of highly conceptual animal portraits, and it came to light for me thanks to Maria Popova’s brilliant blog BrainPickings,… Read more…

Does wacky bedding have a gender? Just wondering. Cuz I don’t see the girls flocking to this one. Tween boys? In droves.


From a line-up in a refugee camp near the Congolese city of Goma, where the U.N. confirmed Sunday that armed men looted the camp and raped six women. How miraculously unfair that I get to live in a war-free country.  (Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images)

Brand transparency

De Cecco’s full-frontal showing off with its new US packaging is brilliant.

You can never do better with food packaging than to show the product with full visual candor.

It’s brand pride to the max, and with food, that’s particularly important, since so much of food production is “sausage-making,” as in, you love your sausages, but you don’t want to know how they’re made…. Read more…

You won’t need 3D glasses for these

Being in plain view is what these cookies want to do most.

Maybe those adorable two Robin Hood kids, with their calendar baking days, could get a set of these…. Read more…