Stretching Your Legs in the Santa Maria Valley

Often times after spending hours in the kitchen the last thing you want to do is actually cook, so it’s nice to relax and and get out with some people you like spending time with.

Index Cards From The Past

I recorded many of the Payard recipes and food combinations on index cards for a quick reference. Those cards have been with me for over twenty years now.

Quarantine Hobbies

Spring is here and work is not, so there is plenty of down time lately. Which means plenty of time to read about cooking, baking and gardening. This year there will actually be time to put some of that reading into action.

Love Your Local Farmer

Local farms and Community Supported Agriculture programs (or CSAs) are a great resource for procuring fresh seasonal produce.

In My Family’s Kitchen

For most of my life I never believed in the idea of home, Home was always where my head laid down.

PIZZA MISSION: DOWNTOWN VEGAS

The pizza scene in Downtown Las Vegas reminds me of Brooklyn. It has a lot of great pizza within walking distance of Fremont Street. Check out these four spots around downtown. My advice is to start with Pop Up Pizza and end over at Good Pie.

Summer In Spain Part 2

The morning sun shining through the small windows at the top of the room served as a wake-up call for my first day. I was still wrapped in the blanket someone had laid on me just four hours ago. Sleep had not come easy and there wasn’t much of it, so getting out of bed…

Summer in Spain Part 1

After three years of cooking in Manhattan I was done. Burned out by seventy to eighty hour work weeks, the World Trade Center disaster and a relationship destroyed by tragedy. Not really knowing what to do, I just went home, quickly finding a job at a small local restaurant in the Santa Maria valley After…