Youko Yamamoto Picks: Oyakadon Recipe & Eiichi Ohtaki

Youko Yamamoto, chef/owner of the former Gomen Kudasai and the incoming TANMA! Ramen and Bar, in Kingston, and DJ on ‘Noodling with Youko’, recently came over and prepared her selection of Oyakodon w/Eiichi Ohtaki. She told us the story of how this association was born out a moment of embarrassment in front of her best…

Pickled Pike Recipe & Stan Rogers

A briefing just popped up on my phone from the New York Times. It reads, “It will be colder in the Midwest today than in Antarctica” and terms like ‘polar vortex’ and ‘instant frostbite’ are broadcasting from the news radio Zoraida has going upstairs. All of this frostiness has me reflecting on an ill-fated ice…

Belgian Frites with Andalouse Sauce Recipe & Total Science

In 2001 I found myself in a swirling neon centrifuge of euro club-kid culture—the final act of separation between my mind and the rhythms of American teenage life as I knew it. My father and I moved to a quaint Belgian town named Waterloo (famous as the site where Napoleon had his final tantrum). I…

The Legend of ‘Champ’: Eyewitness Accounts

  On our ice fishing trip last February it seems ‘Champ’ —the prehistoric god of the lake— wasn’t looking kindly upon us. We left without fish or new lake monster sightings to add to the record. Perhaps in the age of smart phone cameras she’s been laying low. In the late eighties/early 90’s though…. “I…

Fisherman’s Eggs Recipe & Andres Segovia

This pairing is inspired by the 1958 movie version of the Old Man and the Sea, starring Spencer Tracy (I never actually read the book. So what…). The old camera tech looks hazy enough to make it feel like your own memory, and the story deals with a certain feeling or human condition. It’s the…

Flamenco Food Vibes

This year, in addition to my usual food and music pairings, I’ll be posting photos and videos that help inform or enhance the feel. The first is a documentary by Tao Ruspoli. The man you see cooking in the video is Juan Del Gastor. When I was first learning Flamenco guitar, I also met Juan…

Paella Recipe & Camarón de la Isla

One of my greatest warm weather joys is cooking an enormous Paella over an open fire for a large group. It brings back memories of the short times I lived in Spain while growing up. On one specific weekend, my family took a road trip out to the rustic farmhouse of some family friends in the dry Spanish…

Buttermilk Pancake Recipe & Willie Nelson

Don Fonda was a king in the realm of pranks and wisecracks.  He would spin yarns to us grandkids about his days working at the telephone company—like the time he switched around the gas gauge and the speedometer in a co-worker’s truck, or the time he drove a fussy trainee deep into the Adirondack Mountains, looking at him suggestively the whole way, and then finally…

Sole au Vin Blanc Recipe & Rhye

  The interesting thing about time is that it can expand and contract within the same number of counted minutes. How well we enjoy our minutes seems to have to do with how well we are able to slow them down. When you are in the early stages of love, six months can seem like a blissful…

Soldiers and Dippy Eggs Recipe & Syd Barret

Philadelphia has a well-established reputation for grit. It worked out well that I spent the ages of 20 to 21 there being flat broke.  I had no phone but the pay phone on the corner, no tv, no bed, just a roll mat and a couple of chairs found on the street. My roommate, appropriately nicknamed…

Arepas Recipe & Juaneco y su Combo

¡¡¡A COMEEEEER!!! (means “time to eat”in Spanish) This menacing screech followed by sequential ear piercing claps was the rude awakening my father saddled my sisters and I with on weekend mornings throughout our youth; I can still feel the shivers going down my spine. In order to put an end to it we’d carry ourselves downstairs like…

Salmon Tartare Recipe & Kamasi Washington

So…first post, lets hit the ground running. No better place to start than day one of 2016.   I will be pairing Kamasi Washington’s “The Epic”—a 3 hour marathon of a record— with Thomas Keller’s equally epic Salmon Tartare with Sweet Red Onion and Crème Fraiche. Photograph by Deborah Jones First a little backstory… We’ve all…