About


Kitchen Riffs is both the name of this blog and the nom de plume of its author, John Griffin.  That’s me, and I live in St. Louis, Missouri, with my wife — who makes frequent appearances on the blog as “Mrs. Kitchen Riffs.”  To learn a bit more about Kitchen Riffs the person, you might want to take a look at my introductory post, Who is Kitchen Riffs?

Kitchen Riffs (the blog) is an outgrowth of my fascination with food.  A long time ago, I started messing about in the kitchen because I wanted to learn how to cook the wide variety of foods that I had read about or sampled in restaurants.  Over the years (many years!) I developed decent cooking skills.  And I learned how to change or adapt — riff — recipes so they’d suit my taste.  Often this riffing would lead to entirely new recipes.  The blog is a way to record and extend my food explorations.

My “food philosophy” is straightforward:  Food should be easy to prepare.  But most of all, it should taste good.  Flavor is the theme of Kitchen Riffs:  What is it?  Where is it?  How to achieve it?  How to enjoy it?

No food-related subject — from aperitifs to zabaglione — is off topic for Kitchen Riffs.  My underlying principle is to discover and discuss what makes a recipe tick, what makes it flavorful.  Sometimes that means recognizing what I don’t yet know, but need to learn in order to cook (and eat) better.  The idea for me (and I hope for you) is to find out what is important in cooking, and why.

And above all, to discover which foods and recipes make our tongues happy.

24 comments:

  1. You have done an amazing job with your website. It is very informative and food and drinks are out of this world and your photos say it all. I just wanted to let you know that I hope you always keep writing. Say hello to Mrs. Kitchen Riffs. Take care, BAM

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    1. Hi Bam, thanks for the comment! I finally got around to putting up this "About" page only 2 days ago! Although I had my post on Who is Kitchen Riffs up from the beginning, and that became my unofficial About page, I guess. Anyway, thank you so much for the kind words, and I'll certainly say hello to Mrs K R from you.

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  2. what a nice blog - thanks for letting us enter YOUR kitchen - but where is MRS Kitchen Riffs?
    Like your photos. Btw - I am now a follower. Ciao, Carin
    PS for Cauliflower, lot into my site tomorrow
    PPS I will have to check YOUR Pfeffernuesse recipe - as a German, they are of course an integral part of my own childhood memories. Thanks

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  3. Hi anyone4curry, thanks for the comment! One of these days I need to talk Mrs K R into allowing me to put her picture up. It's quite possible in the future she'll become much more active on the blog, possibly doing some posts herself. We'll see. Thanks for following, and I'll definitely check out your cauliflower - love that veggie! The Pfeffernuesse are really good - hope you enjoy them. Do let me know how they stack up against your memories.

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  4. Hi John, sorry have to use this mode, my computer is playing up on my own site. No cauliflower, as mentioned, something else went wrong, fridge this time. All this constant powercut does not do electrical things any good! But will do it soon, big promise. Btw - any 'german' blood in your family, because of the many german recipes? Love your coleslaw recipe - will have this tomorrow. Thanks. Ciao, Carina

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    1. Hi Carina, loads of German blood on the sides of both parents. Other stuff too - Irish, French, British - I'm a mongrel. ;-) Sorry to hear about your electrical problems. I am looking forward to the cauliflower!

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  5. Mr. and Mrs. Riff,

    I love your recipes, pictures and style of writings! Superb blog!

    Sincerely,
    judy

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    1. Hi Judy, thanks so much for your very, very kind words! I (we!) really appreciate them.

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  6. Hi John! I've nominated you for a Kreativ Blogger award: http://yorkesgirl.com/2012/12/21/7-random-things-about-me/ :)

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    1. Hi Ali, that's so kind! I'll check out your post. Thank you.

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  7. Hi Dear Kitchen Riffs,
    need yr permission to use one of you nice pic to put on my blog post title...
    Thank U.

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    1. Hi Marsita, thanks for asking! I do need a few more details, however. Please email me, kitchenriffs (at) gmail (dot) com and let me know which picture, and specifically what usage you're asking for. Thanks!

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  8. Do you have any sourdough recipes? I've started a culture and now need to find recipes for things other than bread.

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    1. Hi Anonymous, I don't do much with sourdough. I know there are recipes that use it in things like waffles or English muffins, but I'm not that familiar with them. Sorry.

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    1. Hi marinatingonline, thanks! And I'll certainly check out your blog.

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  10. I spotted your comments on a friend's blog and came to take a look..."season to taste, cook until done"! I love it! I have been glancing in on your recipes and expect to have fun doing it more.

    ( I have no idea why Blogger will never let me log in with my WordPress account)
    http://tonettejoycefoodfriendsfamily.wordpress.com

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    1. Hi Tonette, pleased to meet you! Glad you enjoy the blog. When you're commenting, if you expand the menu box next to "Reply as:" you'll see can reply using your name and URL. Blogger can be buggy sometimes (as can WordPress) but this option always seems to work. Thanks for the comment.

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  11. Great website, I stumbled on this when searching for the Kale salad recipe that Pastaria has. Your page layout, instructions and images are really nice and include a lot of detail.

    I wish the "search kitchen Riffs" option worked better. When I type in "kale", it keeps me on the same page instead of directing me to your recipe. This would make it easier for followers to search and find recipes that you have posted.

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    1. Hi David, the search function on Blogger (the hosting platform I'm using) is miserable, isn't it? I just checked it, and it's basically not working at all - I'll try reinstalling. Ironic, since Blogger is owned by Google! BTW, using Google's "site" command makes searching a specific website pretty easy (I haven't used it for awhile but I think it's something like this: "kale site:www.kitchenriffs.com"). No quote marks, though. Anyway, glad you enjoyed the recipe, and thanks for leaving a comment.

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  12. I just discovered your blog and love it! You have beautiful photography and I can't wait to try some of your recipes. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Hi Jessica, welcome! I hope you enjoy yourself here, and thanks for the comment.

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  13. Hi John. Happy Thanksgiving. Keeping a low profile over here in Ireland, enjoying your beautiful recipes and cocktails none the less ! Keep up the good work, Jim

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    1. Hi Jim, welcome! And thanks so much for letting me know you enjoy the recipes. I've never been to Ireland -- would love to go someday.

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