Bringing friends together for dinner is tricky at the moment, but our huge (5 foot square) dining room table is perfect for 4 couples to dine at a comfortable distance, so I offered to cook dinner for some friends. We had a narrow window, with Nell arriving a few weeks later than usual this year …

We have been enjoying delicious fresh fish since arriving at the Cape from Chicago in late June. I know I’ve said it before, but you simply can not beat the fish on the Cape for it’s freshness. Striped Bass (Striper) is a particular favorite of ours, and so Dennis headed to Cape Fish & Lobster …

When my friend Lisa Heaps texted on Sunday night that her daughter’s boyfriend had dropped off a “shit ton of Tuna – blue fin . . . do you want to stop over after golf and get some?”, I naturally said “YES”! When I arrived at the house after our weekly Monday golf game I …

Is there a more quintessential Cape summer meal than a lobster? The traditional “clam bake” is so named because it usually includes steamed clams (“steamers”, or “steamahs” in the local vernacular) along with the steamed lobster, corn on the cob and potatoes. The whole shebang is often cooked in the same pot, or if you …

As I said in my first post “The Experiment Begins”, I spent summers on the Cape during college and graduate school and worked at a restaurant called The Mooring. Those were fun times and I met some great friends, many of whom I am still in touch with to this day. It was during these …

While I may have been quiet here for a couple of weeks, it doesn’t mean the kitchen has been closed. It finally stopped raining after the wettest month in Chicago’s history, so I allowed myself to indulge in my other passion (er, obsession?), golf, a few days a week. It felt almost normal, playing golf …

Before the emergence of Molecular Gastronomy and the theater that is created by the use of liquid nitrogen in restaurants today, the entertainment in your fine dining experience was frequently the Caesar Salad prepared tableside. Your server would wheel a trolley with a large wooden bowl to your table and it was “lights, camera, action” …

No, that is not a typo . . . It is Saturday morning which is farmers market day, or at least it should be, so I am in mourning. While we live smack in the middle of downtown Chicago, we are blessed to have a farmers market footsteps away on Division Street, and I mean …

I had some Littlenecks that needed to be used from an Island Creek Oyster order and we had already had some grilled and steamed, so needed to change it up. Linguini with Clams is popular on many Italian restaurant menus, but I have often found it rather soupy and the sauce didn’t do much for …

As I’ve said before, I prefer cooking to baking, but muffins are a regular part of my repertoire. I often make them when we have guests, as it’s an easy way to make a grab and go breakfast that everyone enjoys. My Go To is the “Marshy Muffin” recipe that was handed down to me …