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 […]

December 30th, 2009

Happy Early New Year FOOD Mavens

I’m off to Vermont in the AM with unpromising Internet access, so let me be the first to wish FOOD Mavens everywhere a Happy Early New Year! You can expect a complete report of my holiday adventures when I return to the Big Apple next week. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming 2010 with […]

December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas FOOD Mavens

From our kitchens to yours, hope your holidays are filled with treats both savory and sweet!

December 22nd, 2009

Jesus sans Skis

I don’t ski. And for the record, I don’t date bankers or wear Christmas sweaters either. I grew up in a working class town covered in snow six months out of the year, with very few peaks or ski snobs to speak of. I like winter for her log fires and her forced interiors; I […]

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