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.”
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”
“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”
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”
A couple of weeks after posting A Tale of Two Tables I found this poem. It reminded me how much of our lives can swirl around this one point in our homes. I hope it reminds you of something you might have otherwise forgotten. Perhaps the World Ends Here by Joy Harjo The world beginsContinue reading “Poetry at the Table”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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?”
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