November 21st, 2012

McCormick & Me

It’s turkey time! The birds are being brined, the pâte brisée is being rolled out atop pie plates across the country–waiting to be filled with nutmeg and cinnamon spiced pumpkin, and the gravy boats are getting a fresh polish. I’m partial to a homemade giblet gravy that requires roasting bones, simmering stock and chopping liver, […]

October 24th, 2012

Green Tomato & Yuzu Marmalade

Happy Food Day, Food Mavens! For those of you arriving late to the party, Food Day is a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, sustainable food. It’s a day to celebrate the achievements we’ve made as a country in pushing forward a whole foods agenda (lowercase W, lowercase F), and to reflect upon […]

Earlier this week my cousin Natalie trekked it in from Providence to join me in my garden. We pruned tomato plants, staked fava beans and harvested herbs. I had prepared a menu in celebration of my very favorite herb, and as we donned aprons and put a pot of salted water on the stove, basil […]

May 2nd, 2012

Mayo de Mayo

There’s something about spring that makes me want to make mayo. Not the processed food dreck that for some god-awful reason doesn’t require refrigeration and can sit on supermarket shelves for years at a time, but the fresh, wet, eggy, almost pudding-like mayonnaise that the Italians call aioli. Mass-produced and homemade mayo share nothing but […]

Whether by train, plane or automobile, any excuse to pack up and skip town is a welcome relief come the blistering summer sun. When the city becomes a sauna, that’s my ticket to head somewhere–anywhere, beach bound. While many of us find ourselves overindulging the second that out-of-office auto response has been set, starting your […]

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