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My father used to say, “Chuck doesn’t do anything in halves.” He was right: sometimes its a virtue and sometimes a curse. He and my mother taught me to cook, sometimes using cookbooks, like Julia Child's, but more frequently just winging it. This site is a roller coaster ride of recipes, articles, ingredients and anything else that involves cooking and presenting food. There is something here for everybody from beginners to experts.

Semi-traditional Thanksgiving!

Dumpling trio 1) Turkey breast, liver, gizzard, fresh ginger, creme fraiche 2) Stuffing 3) Yam, carmelized onion, fresh rosemary and port, served with traditional gravy

Thanksgiving themed Ramen. Traditional Dash broth made with seaweed and bonito shavings. Secondary soy based broth (Tare) pork, mirin, soy sauce, ginger, rice vinegar, grilled baby octopus, home made ramen noodles, soft soy marinated egg, dark fried stuffing. smoked turkey, Smoked pork belly, turkey skin cracklings

Cooking Temps

Chicken breast 165

Chicken thigh 170 or more

Pork med well 145

Pork med 140

Rack of lamb med rare 131

Beef very rare 125

Beef rare 130

Beef med rare 135

Duck Breast 126

Salmon med 118

Disclaimer: USDA stds dictate much higher temps. To be super safe, cook everything until it is dry and crunchy