The 2012 World’s of Flavor Conference, Part 1: Inside the CIA

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the picturesque Napa Valley for the CIA’s 15th Annual World’s of Flavor Conference. No, I’m not a spy, and I’m not talking about that CIA, but rather The Culinary Institute of America, one of the country’s most well regarded cooking schools. Each year they assemble top chefs and … Continue reading The 2012 World’s of Flavor Conference, Part 1: Inside the CIA

Kerala Curry….In A Hurry

  I first met Rollo and Ann Varkey at the Fancy Food Show in DC last summer. Among the glut of corporate exhibitors dominating the vast Walter E. Washington Convention Center floor, they represented  a handful of real “mom & pop” operations, coming all the way from Pittsboro, North Carolina in hopes of getting national … Continue reading Kerala Curry….In A Hurry

Pan Asian: Kerala Lamb

The southwestern Indian state of Kerala is known for its spicy cuisine, and this dish is a regional favorite, often found on local restaurant menus as “Malabar mutton curry.” Like Sri Lankan cooking, the cuisine of Goa and Kerala tends to favor coconut, coconut milk, and curry leaves, though I believe Sri Lankans are much … Continue reading Pan Asian: Kerala Lamb