Monday, October 31, 2011

The Kitchen is Open Late...

Between my day job and either rehearsing or performing in the evening, my days are quite long.  On a typical day, I'll leave the house around 9am and won't get back until 10 or 11pm.  While it's often recommended to avoid eating late at night, it's a necessity for me.  Even after three full meals during the day and snacks in between, I'm ravenous by the time I get home.  And while many people often tell me, "I wish I had your metabolism," my usual retort is that they should be careful what they wish for.  I don't mind having a fast metabolism, but when it's more akin to a runaway train, filling my plate literally fills my plate figuratively as well.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Canary Tip: Cooking Dried Beans

I remember the first time I attempted making beans a few years ago, with emphasis on "attempted."  I had just moved into a new apartment and I was unpacking boxes in the kitchen.  A few months previous, I had bought a bag of dried black beans with the intention of trying to make them, but I never got around to actually doing it.  So pulling them out of a box, and having the day off with the apartment to myself, I decided that that day would be the day.  So I washed the beans, emptied the bag into a pot of water, and started cooking them.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

My First Saturn Return: A New Path

As a disclaimer, this post is longer than usual.  Additionally, this post is much more personal than anything else I've shared with you to date.  I don't usually write this way because if you're anything like me or the people I know, you probably read blogs on the rare occasion you have spare time.  Also, I'm a fairly private person by nature, and it's rare for me to open up like this, especially to people I may not know.  But seeing so many friends and relatives in my life right now experiencing crises and facing major life decisions, I understood that the time had come for me to share more of my story.  Because knowing that other people feel the same way you do is only one part of "not feeling alone."  The other part is taking that first step and letting people know how you feel.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Five Spiced Pear & Ginger Lassi: Seeking Balance

Five Spiced Pear & Ginger Lassi

I recently rediscovered how much I love five spice.  In case you're not familiar, it's a classic Chinese seasoning consisting of ground cinnamon, star anise, fennel, clove, and Szechuan peppercorns.  While it may sound like a lot, the balance struck between sweet, salty, smooth, sharp, and spicy is wonderfully engaging to all the senses.  From its pungent licorice aroma to the way it saunters across the taste buds, it's a spice that's difficult to ignore and even harder to forget.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Banana Peanut Butter Cupcakes: It Started with Mushy Bananas

Banana & Peanut Butter Cupcake a la Elvis

It was the summer of 2002.  I had been accepted to graduate school at UT in Austin, and the impending transition, not only to a new school, but to a new state, was both exhilarating and anxiety-ridden.  It was a big risk I was taking, moving somewhere where I didn't know a soul.  But all the same, I was proud of myself for taking that next step towards independence and breaking away from the nest.  

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Family Style

If you know me, you know how much I love eating.  I'm that guy who lets hot food get cold while taking pictures of it, who makes embarrassing noises while savoring each bite, and who plans entire vacations around restaurants he'd like to eat at.  But even if all you know of me is what I write and the pictures I take, I still think it comes through loud and clear how much I respect and appreciate both the process and act of eating.

And if you ask me, there's no better way to eat than family style.

Monday, October 3, 2011

When It Rains, It Pours

Oh, how I wish I was speaking in the literal sense. 

For those who don't know, in addition to blogging and waiting tables, I'm also an actor.  Fortunately, I am blessed to say that I am a working actor, and for the last 3 years I've enjoyed a steady stream of stage work, commercials, and film shoots with little to no down-time in between.  Of course, taking into account that all of this is in addition to working five days a week and teaching an occasional dance or Pilates class here and there, some of you might begin to question the use of the word, "fortunate."