The grand dame all nicely tanned

    Thanksgiving Anarchy

    In my opinion, turkey, stuffing, spuds, dressing, beans are some of the easiest things you can cook for Thanksgiving. The food is forgiving and most basic cooks can get the meal together without too much fuss. It’s good, but cooking…

    Alex Gibney and Michael Pollan

    Review: Cooked, Michael Pollan’s New Netflix Series

    Cooked, a new documentary by Michael Pollan and Alex Gibney on Netflix is a beautifully filmed series about the role cooking plays in what makes us human.If you’re interested in seeing a show about food where you actually learn something…

    Healthy Snacks

    Better Eating with Umami: When Organic Snacks Become Junk Food

    Finding healthy snacks can be hard for a family when organic snack food starts getting loaded with chemicals, sugar, salt, colors, and flavors that you don’t want to put in your body.

    Dan with local business owners who are working on being locally-climate oriented

    Walking the Green Path: The Microclimate of a Village

    The image of village resonates with me as a way to take our large-scale urban environment down to a more natural level. In doing so, I’m learning more about my role in this unique climate that is the neighborhood around…

    Orzo Salad

    Orzo Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

    This light pasta salad made with orzo, tomatoes, and basil is brimming with late summer flavors and makes a great side dish for grilled chicken and fish dishes.

    Fresh guacamole


    This guacamole recipe uses avocados, lime juice, and a jalapeno to make a fresh, chunky homemade guacamole that is perfect for parties and topping tacos, burritos, and just about anything else you can think of.

    Eggs In Nest

    Eggs in a Nest

    Follow this Eggs in a Nest recipe for an easy and fun way to be inspired to eat your breakfast.

    Herb Risotto with Rosemary and Thyme

    Risotto with Rosemary and Thyme

    Fresh herbs and goat cheese come together in this risotto recipe to create a creamy and delicious dish.

    Cheesy Polenta

    Cheesy Polenta

    Cheesy polenta with asiago and parmesan cheese is a rustic Italian dish that is versatile enough to work as a quick side dish or take center stage in Italian feast.

    Strawberry Raspberry Smoothie Recipe

    Umami Bites: Explore Food Trends, Make Delicious Super Bowl Eats, and Learn a Spanish Chef’s Secrets for Paella

    In this Umami Bites We Explore Food Trends You Need to Know About, Make Delicious Super Bowl Eats, and Learn a Spanish Chef’s Secrets for Paella

    Pork shoulder roasting for carnitas

    Umami Bites: Summer Grilling Special – Tips, Tricks, Recipes & Gear for Better Grilling

    In this Umami Bites we have our first summer grilling special that includes Tips, Tricks, Recipes & Gear for Better Grilling

    Coffee Being Made

    A Few Easy Tips for Making Better Coffee at Home

    At its heart, coffee is a simple thing, it’s water, beans, and time. To brew delicious coffee at home or the office all it takes is a little know-how, a few simple tools, and these six simple tips.

    Umami Dashi

    Everything You Need to Know About Umami

    One of five universal basic tastes, umami is found in ingredients and cuisines throughout the world and for the cook who knows what they’re doing it can be the secret to truly delicious cooking.

    Kayaking at the Channel Islands

    At the Bar: Why Umami

    I was coming back from kayaking around the Channel Islands recently, thinking about why I wanted to start Umami and what it should be about.

    There's an emptiness to this type of silence

    At the Bar: When the Last Guest Leaves

    One of the hardest things for me and I’m guessing for other people who like to host things is when the last guest leaves and you’re left with an empty house.