Fear of Spirits

“It tastes like burning,” is something I often hear when discussing whisky, rum, brandy, gin, etc. I’m quite fond of spirits but whenever I admit that I mostly drink them neat (without ice or mixers) to friends and family I am greeted with twisted faces and pithy emotes like:“Ugh…”“So gross!”and my favorite, because it remindsContinue reading “Fear of Spirits”

Taste of Fall – The Essential Hot Toddy

It is officially Fall in the North East United States, and as much as the hype is for pumpkin spice everything – I am an advocate for more traditional and simple flavors – like a Hot Toddy. A warm cocktail made with brown spirits – most traditionally Whiskey – , sugar and spices, this drinkContinue reading “Taste of Fall – The Essential Hot Toddy”

Decoding the Recipe: Cutting in the Butter

I began to learn how to bake only last year when Savory and I moved into an apartment that had central air and a dishwasher. Prior to this my only experience with automatic dishwashers is what I jokingly refer to as Leftie and Righty (just my two hands) so it was quite a revelation toContinue reading “Decoding the Recipe: Cutting in the Butter”

To the Tooth

I’m friends with a woman who can’t smell or taste anything. Let’s call her Eleanor. Because of this I try not to talk food around her. But of course, during one conversation, I forgot, and rudely steered the topic to favorite snacks. To my surprise, she answered that chips and anchovies were at the topContinue reading “To the Tooth”

VS Battle – Red Velvet Cake Mix – Duncan Hynes and Betty Crocker

With all of the advances of grocery products available to us today, I have been wondering lately what the “true” difference between brands of the same products are. For instance – Is Hotel Butter the same quality as Land-O-Lakes, are Goya split red lentils the same as Bob’s Red Mill, and how does Bisquik’s pancakeContinue reading “VS Battle – Red Velvet Cake Mix – Duncan Hynes and Betty Crocker”

A Tale of Two Tables

Before the house went quiet my grandparents had a lovely dining room. At the center was a dark wooden table that nearly stretched the length of the room. It’s windows paneled the corner that looked out onto the street. There were glass cabinets holding stark blue china on the right. On the left was aContinue reading “A Tale of Two Tables”

History Lesson: Where Do Recipes Come From?

Being of an inquisitive mind, I am always struck (usually in the most inconvenient of times) with questions like “how does this work?”, “who invented this?”, or even “I wonder why X is this way and not any other way..” In most moments it’s a passing thought and I quickly return my focus to whateverContinue reading “History Lesson: Where Do Recipes Come From?”

Epiphany Food: The Peach

I work in wine. It’s a business where a lot of hypotheticals are thrown around. “What would you have with this?”“What’s your favorite this, and least favorite that?”“If you were stuck on a desert island…” These questions are a way of getting to know someone’s palate. A big favorite is, “What was your epiphany wine?”Continue reading “Epiphany Food: The Peach”

What’s At Our Table?

“First we eat, then we do everything else.” – M.F.K Fisher Sit down to a table in any country and you’ll see that everyone has their own way of expressing their reverence for eating together. A favorite of mine is, “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.” Though most food traditions or expressions don’t convey food’sContinue reading “What’s At Our Table?”