Jalapeño Poppers à la Carolina

  The first time I tried Palmetto Cheese, it was a revelation. I became a pimento cheese snob. I have always loved pimento cheese. It was the stuff between slices of Wonderbread that made my heart sing.  But Palmetto Cheese is next-level stuff.  Theirs is the first pimento cheese I’ve ever had that included bits…

Hickory Smoked Pork Tenderloin

We asked the building management if we could please, please, please set up a Big Green Egg on the roof of our building.  The answer was polite (we love our building and management!) but firm.  Nope.  No dice.  It’s in the lease.  But we have a lovely electric grill on the roof. And we totally…

Beef Ribs – Texas Style

I was born in Texas.  I only lived there for a few years, but I really believe there’s something about arriving on the planet somewhere in Texas that creates a predisposition for the true and uncompromising love of beef ribs. Don’t get me wrong–I love pork ribs too!  Never let it be said that I…

Late September peppers

Growing peppers on an 8th-floor balcony in Queens isn’t the simplest gardening experience I’ve had, but it has been both challenging and rewarding every summer.  In years past I’ve grown jalapenos, pepperoncinis, and Thai bird’s eye chilies, but this summer called for something different. This morning’s small harvest represents the end of our late summer peppers. …

Before the tacos

salsa verde featuring fresh tomatillos, lime, and grilled serrano peppers – seeds and all!