Chocolate Pot with Burnt Caramel and Sea Salt

I can hardly believe that my trip to Pittsburgh was only 2 1/2 weeks ago; our October has been really full! When I was there, I got a great candy bar that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, from Chocopologie, that was dark chocolate with burnt caramel and sea salt. Great stuff! If ... Read More »

Grilled Steak au Poivre

When we have our wine party every year, I try to do a variety of food for the party. Sometimes, I make whatever I want, but I’m trying to get better at following the theme of the wines. I select the wine theme in advance so guests can get wines that fit. We’ve done American ... Read More »

Foie Gras

Here it is at last! The foie gras I’d been so looking forward to preparing and eating. The big question: was it worth it? The answer: a definite YES! This stuff is like heaven on a fork. Here’s the progression of how things went: If you look at any posts this week, they’ll most likely ... Read More »

Wine Party 2007

It’s been a hectic few days getting ready for last night. My wife and I had our 5th annual wine party. We’ve gone from just a few people, to a dozen to twenty. That’s about 2 1/2 times what is recommended for a wine party, but we don’t care… We’re not trying to do a ... Read More »

Wine Party Preparation

Last night was kind of exciting. I got home to find a package waiting for me. That’s right, my duck liver had arrived! As I opened it, the first thing I saw was a bunch of those horrible styrofoam peanuts. I hate those thing! But lurking just below the peanuts, under ice packs, was a ... Read More »

A Little Humor On The Side

I’m getting some stuff ready to post tomorrow, on the little social experiment that friends helped me with earlier in the month. In the meantime, my dad sent this to me again. It’s a bit many have already read, but those that haven’t can now. Those that have already read it, it’s still funny.  I’d ... Read More »


I wanted to take a moment and thank all the new readers for coming by, looking around, and posting comments. It’s really a great feeling to see how many of you seem to like chocolate chip cookies! If only I had 365 chocolate cookie recipes to post for each day of the year, but then ... Read More »

Is There Barbecue In Chillicothe, Ohio?

The third weekend of October seems to usually be the best weekend for fall color in Ohio. Saturday, my wife and I decided to drive to south-central Ohio to see some color, as the Cincinnati area is kind of dull this year due to drought. We got in the convertible and drove east to Wilmington, ... Read More »

Pittsburgh’s Strip District

I’ve been talking about Pittsburgh for a couple of weeks now, since our weekend trip there. It really is a great city, I think. A lot of people think of it as soot covered and dirty, but that’s the old Pittsburgh, pre-early 80′s. I’ll warn you now: there are lots of photos in this post! ... Read More »

Jaay’s Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

Update: I have done a few things that, in my opinion, make these even better than the original recipe below: I use only Turbinado sugar instead of a mix of processed white and brown sugars I use French or European style butter I add about a teaspoon of cinnamon I get 70+% chocolate and chunk ... Read More »

Chocolate Taste Test

My recent trip to Pittsburgh has left me all kinds of stuff about which to write. One store that we tend to revisit in the Strip District is Mon Aimee Chocolat. Mon Aimee Chocolat is a bit of a fluff store, to be honest, but it’s not too froo-froo. The store is tastefully done, but ... Read More »

A Pig A Day Calendar

For those of us that live and breathe barbecue, what could be better than a pig a day? For 2008, it can happen! The “A Pig A Day Calendar – Icons of Barbecue” is now on sale! The calendar features logos and signs from barbecuers of all types: competition teams, restaurants, caterers, etc. And Bucky ... Read More »

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