June 8th, 2012

Summer’s Hum

Summer’s hum can be heard beneath the more resonant cries of spring. And it’s only getting louder. Showers of rainfall and cherry blossoms both have readied the soil, and the seeds of summer have started to take root. We are less than two weeks away from the longest day of the year and the accompanying […]

March 17th, 2011

Birthdays, Black & White

Birthdays beg us to ask ourselves big questions. Another year older and what have I learned, lost, accomplished, given up on or gained? Besides pounds! Last Saturday was my 33rd birthday, and I’ve noticed that as the years tick on, the questions begin to feel more acute. The stakes get higher, though my desire to […]

September 10th, 2010

Market Report: Shishito Peppers

To honor the passing of summer, last week Erin and her man invited me and Mr. Mixologist to their new apartment for a summer’s sunset double date. As we watched the stars twinkle and the mosquitoes buzz around our “Off” sprayed arms and legs from their wooded, rooftop perch, we munched on one of my […]

July 20th, 2010

Market Report: Blossoming

There is something both romantic and utterly decadent about eating flowers. From earthy saffron strands infusing basmati rice to dainty violets adorning sugary-sweet desserts, flowers are alluring and exotic, delicate, and like cherries, erotic. I adore summer salads decked with peppery nasturtiums, rose petal jam on Melba toast, even pansies and lavender. But too often […]

March 17th, 2010

Champignon, je t’aime

I was walking down Broadway in the historic rain that threatened my birthday celebrations last weekend, when I was suddenly filled with an urge for mushrooms on toast. Enjoyed sometime in my past, the taste of this dish was strong in my mouth, dense, savory and pungent, but the memory itself evaded me. Baffled but […]

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