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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.

Mortar and Pestle

I followed the instructions on breaking it in and seasoning it. The process starts by grinding a handful of flour. I was immediately impressed on what it did to the rice.

Now I need to see what it does to basil!

Update: Grinds basil up very well and in a way that is different from a food processor. Pesto produced by this is just stunning!

Update 9/1/2017 - Prototype silicone base made.

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