It’s crunch time. There’s one last weekend to trim the tree, gild the gifts, pack the bags or set the table for a holiday housewarming. As families all across the globe gather to celebrate the season in festive style, I find myself back home in Buffalo helping Mamma recover from yet another cancer surgery. Lucky […]

December 15th, 2010

A (Jewish) Christmas Story

It’s no news that I try to eat the foods that are freshest as the seasons change, and in New York City, eating seasonally makes for delicious treats to look forward to throughout the year: tomatoes in summer, ramps in spring, and squash of all kinds when the leaves start to turn crimson in fall. […]

November 10th, 2010

Bacon, Paired

Bacon’s smoky, salty kiss has long been liberated from the confines of the breakfast table and has made its way into everything from hearty stews to gooey chocolate chip cookies. Like salt, bacon is also a flavor enhancer that lends a unique earthiness to everything it touches. Okay, let’s be honest – everything it touches. […]

January 12th, 2010

Doing it Right

It’s not just a new year; it’s a new decade. A new start. A chance for a fresh proclamation. And with all this “new” comes the inevitable reflections of old… Snotty McSnobster held his annual holiday hijinks soiree right before I skipped town for Buff last month. Celest was my +1. In attendance at the […]

January 8th, 2010

Naughty or Nice?

Uncle Tony is not my real uncle. He’s my cousins’ great uncle, but we celebrate Christmas Eve together as one big not quite Italian-American family every year in his brother’s (my cousins’ grandfather’s) basement. Phew, got that? It’s quite a mouthful. Tony’s pushing 90, but by all appearances he is a classic bull, or better […]

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