A Good Pantry Points The Way

On Friday nights, Sweet often looks to me for a fantastic dinner. This has not always been the case, as it is now. In the past I’d rummage through our cabinets, through our fridge, trying to get rid of dwindling ingredients and leftovers, and cobble together a meal from what I’d found. Some weeks I’dContinue reading “A Good Pantry Points The Way”

The Symbol of Bread & Butter

“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods; and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.” – James Beard The world of hospitality is riddled with pineapples. You may be staying in a nice hotel room and see the lamp lighting your bedside table is designed like a pineapple. The ornatelyContinue reading “The Symbol of Bread & Butter”

Let me tell you about my friend, Ashmead.

Living in the Northeast there is a definitive “Start” to the holiday season in the fall – and for many its the annual trip the Apple Orchard. It seems like every family group has the singular orchard that they are loyal to, and for my family it’s a sprawling Hudson valley farm tucked into theContinue reading “Let me tell you about my friend, Ashmead.”

Turkey Hangover

When I was four, I was chased by a turkey. While I’m sure this has tainted my view of the bird, it goes without saying, I don’t like turkeys very much. So I’ve never shared America’s fervor for consuming them when the holidays roll around. I much prefer to cook Duck. They don’t have muchContinue reading “Turkey Hangover”

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”