Baked Eggplant with Italian Seasoning

It’s summer and the vegetables are thriving! Well, at least that’s the way it looks like at the local farmers markets! The selection of various vegetables, greens and herbs has been excellent this season. One of the most versatile vegetables is eggplant. There are hundreds of various recipes using eggplant and most are fairly easy…

Easy Lobster Roll Sliders

Happy 4th of July! Today I am celebrating by sharing an incredibly simple recipe for delicious Lobster Slider Rolls that you can prepare ahead of time to impress your guests. There are a lot of different variations for lobster roll sandwiches so the best thing you can do is make it your own! Here’s my…

Salt & Starch Cookbook

I have been putting off posting this for a while but I think the time has come where I can comfortably see the finish line on this project. For the past few years I have done a fair amount of cooking & learning in the kitchen. I’ve attempted to document much of my cooking adventures…

Torta di farina di cocco – {Coconut Flour Cake}

Recently I was thumbing thru one of my many cookbooks that span the variety of cuisines across Italy. A recipe in Acquacotta from Emiko Davies cookbook caught my eye. The recipe is a simple bunt cake make from chestnut flour, apparently used within the Tuscany region for this recipe. After realizing I could not find…

Sarde a Beccafico – {Sicilian Stuffed Sardines}

A while back I came across one of the many food & travel docs-series on Netflix. It just so happened to be Ainsley Eats the Streets. I had never known of him before or seen his shows in Britain. After devouring the entire series he quickly became one of my most favorite television chefs. He…

Cacio e Pepe

Cheese & Pepper. What could be better? I dare you to find a better, more satisfying combination of simple ingredients when combined with the right technique that make for one of the best and most beloved pasta dishes ever created. I first tasted Cacio e Pepe the proper way – while in Rome. I remember…

Vanilla & Cinnamon Milk Tart

When it comes to anything involved with pastry my anxiousness begins to slowly creep up. I am fairly competent at pasta dough – but pastry dough is another story! That said, I am getting better and learning more each time I set out for another baking adventure in the Salt & Starch kitchen. Recently I…

Fish Sauce Spare Ribs

This is a go-to dish for me. I absolutely love Fish Sauce Spare Ribs. I’ll make a wild guess and say you might have never tried fish sauce spare ribs? Am I right? If so, read on! Put down the BBQ sauce and give this incredibly easy recipe a try for a super flavorful take…

How to make Challah Bread

I am no baker, that’s for sure. However, I have made my fair share of bread in the past and I continue to bake bread occasionally all while trying to understand the magical chemistry that occurs between yeast, water, flour, etc. Challah bread is a beautiful way to start making bread, and it’s fun to…

Verdure Gratinate

Baked vegetables with bread crumbs is one of the easiest side dishes you can prepare. I love this dish because it sets up perfectly for new cooks. It allows for a newbie in the kitchen to practice their knife skills and prepare an incredibly easy and flavorful dish almost every time within minutes. The other…

Smoked Duck with Fresh Herbs

Last week I finally managed to get my garden all taken care of. I planted a plethora of fresh herbs, tomatoes, beans, peppers, and even threw in a couple sunflower plants for good measure. With the weather on the east coast lately I came out to my garden yesterday and had fresh rosemary, basil and…

Spanish Rice with Shrimp

There comes a time in your cooking life when you realize that you’re attempting to prepare something significantly important. Something besides just the next recipe or adventure in the kitchen. Something that goes beyond just the food, the next blog post, or one self. For me that realization came when I attempted to make Spanish…