On the Trail of Restaurant Recipes

I live in a small New Hampshire town that is about an hour’s drive from the nearest large city. We have several very good restaurants in our town, and it is nice to know the owner (and frequently, also the chef) when I go out to eat. I wanted to spend the summer collecting new recipes, restaurant r…

Restaurant Recipes from the Restaurant Capital

New York is one of the best places in the world to find great food, but it is not a good place to easily find a parking spot. I am slowly driving across several states, looking for interesting restaurant recipes to bring back to my small hometown in New England. There are so many wonderful places to…

Gambling on Restaurant Recipes

My summer trip is about half over, and I am driving through Arkansas on my way to Texas and the West. I have been eating at dozens of restaurants, and am collecting restaurant recipes to bring back a bit of each of these different places to my hometown in New Hampshire. The particular restaurant rec…

Closing the File on Restaurant Recipes

My adventure in collecting restaurant recipes from across America has come to an end. It has been more than a month of driving, eating, walking my dog Ralph, and enough exercising to avoid putting on a lot of weight. Resisting delicious food is difficult enough, and even more so when the goal is to …

Wrangling More Restaurant Recipes

When I planned this trip to collect restaurant recipes, I planned to drive through Texas and pick up a barbecue tip or two, and continue west. However, Texas is bigger than I had expected, friendlier, and more varied. So I have detoured to San Antonio, maybe to see the Alamo, but really to experienc…

Rediscovering Boston and New Restaurant Recipes

I have begun my summertime journey of collecting restaurant recipes, and have made it to one of the greatest cities in the New England area. Boston is a city where you find a bit of America’s past on every corner in the downtown area. It is filled with more colleges and universities than many other…

Soup by Any Other Name

The names given to recipes can be more or less a part of the recipe’s charisma. The name of a cake can be just a name or have the impact of food-inspired poetry. Restaurants per force use the same ingredients and same methods of preparation. There is only so much to work with and so many ways to wo…

Restaurant Recipes, and Baking in Boston

The city of Boston sometimes seems changeless, and I can imagine that its citizens of a hundred years ago would still feel at home in certain areas of this town. I am revisiting this wonderful city to find delicious restaurant recipes to bring back to my hometown. Many areas of this city I know by h…

Why Our Fascination with Famous Restaurant Recipes

Feature articles in magazines present us with professionally snapped photographs of celebrities who cook, politicians who cook, and people with very nice houses who cook and take it seriously. It seems we are a nation of budding amateur chefs. Have we all been hypnotized by the Food Channel into thi…

Restaurant Recipes Arent for Everybody

Unless it is very simple, no one, no one should make a restaurant recipe for the first time under performance pressure. If your entire family is coming for Thanksgiving dinner, resist the urge to try and impress them with an untried dish, no matter which chef created it. This kind of restaurant reci…