DZINTARS KRISTOVSKIS

DZINTARS KRISTOVSKIS

I always begin my chef interviews with the question: Our tastes in food are closely connected to our childhood; what are your first memories of food? I completely agree with that. As I think back – we lived in a forest and the nearest store was something like...

Carrots in Scapece

This six-ingredient dish will joosh up your carrots and is equally delicious hot or cold. Plus, you can use those carrots that have begun to lose their crispness, so this one is an all-around winner! Perfect as a warm side dish, equally delicious as a cold picnic...
Spice Hacks

Spice Hacks

Flavor enhancement with spices rather than salt: these recipe hacks should allow you and your family to drastically reduce sodium intake while pleasing the taste buds with newer, sharper, spicier delights. Important thing—I know I’ve said this before—is to use...
Rome’s New Michelin Stars

Rome’s New Michelin Stars

The 2017 red Michelin guide for Italy includes 74 restaurants in Rome. The top one, as mentioned in my last month’s article is Heinz Beck’s “La Pergola” with 3 stars; another is Anthony Genovese’s “Il Pagliacco” with 2 stars at Via dei Banchi Vecchi 129a, just across...
Pasta Primavera Prima Donna

Pasta Primavera Prima Donna

We’re always on the prowl for variations on the classic pasta primavera, that culinary catch-all for vegetables in sauces that marry well with pasta. I’ve developed this one for its speed of prep while presenting a complex flavor profile…it’s...
Eating Like a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Eating Like a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has an entire culture built around fabulous dining.  The problem, however, can be hunting down unique dining establishments without being directed to crowded, touristy restaurants.  Online reviews can be helpful, but of course those are...
Bison & Beef: a marriage made in heaven

Bison & Beef: a marriage made in heaven

As the child of frugal German immigrants, I ate a lot of meatloaf as a child, only we called it falscher Hase, literally, fake rabbit. After WWII, when meat rations were still in effect, German housewives would mix up whatever meaty scraps they had, add lots of...