Everyone wants to know the secret to great cooking....There has to be some magic technique, some magic wand that some people can wave over their food and poof, they're a great cook. I gotta tell you, I haven't found that yet. What I can tell you is that if you are a crazy fanatic about getting great ingredients a large part of the work is already done for you. When considering this large task, no detail is too small. Start at the source. If you are making sauces or soups, how good was the stock that you used, or even before that, how good were the carrots and onions that went into the stock. The picture on this post is a perfect example of fanatical sourcing. Eggs are a very important building block in cooking. We are very lucky to get our eggs from my good friend Will at Whitmore Farms outside of Taneytown, MD. These eggs are in a word INCREDIBLE!!! The kind of eggs that people write about(people like me, coincidentally). Perfect, almost orange yolks, whites so fresh that they stand up in the pan. Just amazing. Will's birds are out pecking on grass and bugs all day and we love them for that! I gotta tell you the quality of our fresh pasta, gnocchi and ice creams has gone through the roof and all of it can be attributed to Will's eggs. How's that for a magic wand? So, the moral of the story is to really take your time trying to find the very best ingredients you can. You'll love the result!!