Bison (or Lamb) Tajine with Sweet Potatoes and Apricots (Not Dates)

lamb tajine bison

What was I thinking, using Chinese dates? I needed apricots! There has to be some sour to the sweet. Any idiot knows that? So said Two Michelin Star chef Nenad Mlinarevic in our interview last week. Well, not in those exact words... The point is, don't use dates here. I forgot … [Read more...]

I’m Back! With Chipotle Beef Tacos and Salsa Verde


Didn't notice I'd gone? Well, good. My site has been on the fritz for the past few weeks, but hopefully now it's all back to normal. That's basically how I feel about winter. It's a little freak-out period when temperatures plummet along with moods, but then everything goes back … [Read more...]

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Slow-Cooker Chicken Curry


When you buy and cook a squash, don't throw out the seeds. Sure, they're sticky and kind of gross, but if you wash them, strain them and toss them with salt, pepper and oil, they bake up to cheap treat perfection. Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Seeds of 1 pumpkin or squash 1 tsp … [Read more...]

7th Annual Volk/Watson Extravaganza: The Pictures

7th annual volk/watson christmas extravaganza

My family's annual Christmas party happened yesterday. As usual, it was ridiculous: There were the beef tacos. And the chicken tacos. And the shredded chicken with Mexican rice, black beans and aioli crema. Since the party was tex-mex themed, there … [Read more...]

Chocolate Sourdough and Dried Apricot, Fig, Date, Cranberry, and Apple Turkey Stuffing

This is what you need to make tonight for Thanksgiving. First, Bonnie Stern had a stuffing recipe up for Rosh Hashannah, and it seemed like a waste to stuff turkey breasts with it. You have to cut open all the breasts and you can never get enough of the delicious filling in … [Read more...]