Back From The Dead

Ok, I’ll admit it, I fell off the blogging wagon. Apparently this is a common thing, like letting that diet or gym routine slip. But I have a couple good reasons. First, I have the kind of job that sometimes involves a lot of travel. Everyone thinks business travel is exciting, but frankly it’s exhausting and all-consuming. At the same time though, over the past few months I’ve had the opportunity to have great culinary experiences in cities across the US, whether that be an “everything dog” and the latest gastropub in Chicago, Cuban food in Florida, or wandering the markets in San Francisco’s Chinatown (live bullfrogs, anyone?)

The first tomatoes of summer

The first tomatoes of summer

The second thing that happened is spring, and over the course of that season I’ve been establishing my urban garden, which I’m proud to say now has about two dozen containers of plants in the prime of their lives. I’ve rotated through greens, radishes, and broccoli, and now I’ve got tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, and summer squash in various stages of development. Strawberry season is drawing to a close and blueberries are in. As summer nears its apex, the hard part of gardening is over and I can kick back and literally enjoy the fruits of my labor.

So now that summer’s here and I’ve got a little more time, I’ve been dedicating myself back to my original mission, which is to educate myself more about cooking, one ingredient, technique, or piece of equipment at a time. The great experiences I’ve been having contribute to that goal, and I look forward to sharing my experiments with you.

So what do you think? Leave a comment and let me know!