Posted in November 2012

Tea for one

Tea for one

There are two kinds of tea-drinkers in this world, albeit with many subcategories. They are, those that take it with milk, and those that take it straight. I am most decidedly in the second category, and now that the cold has arrived, my kettle is going pretty much all day long. But since I find … Continue reading

I am not making this pie.

I am not making this pie.

I get it, I understand why Le Bernardin has to make the most elaborate take on pumpkin pie ever, as pictured in this story from the Times. Imagine if you went to Le Bernardin for Thanksgiving, and at the end of your exceptional, mind-blowing dinner, the waiter delivered a slice of plain old Libby’s canned … Continue reading

Best lunch ever

Best lunch ever

One of my favorite things that I used to love to do with my grandmother when she was alive—besides cooking or eating together—was to watch cooking shows. We loved to bask in the general brilliance of people like Jacques Pepin and Julia Child, but even better, I have to confess, was when somebody she loved … Continue reading

Fun Dip

Fun Dip

I had a playdate recently where I set up some routine but joyless snacks for the kids—most likely pretzels and grapes, or graham crackers and raisins—and my son said, “I want eggs.” Then my daughter, always quick to jump on the bandwagon, started chanting that she wanted eggs too. Before I could roll my eyes … Continue reading

I don’t buy it.

I don’t buy it.

I was remembering recently, a day when I walked into the test kitchen at Gourmet, where a stylist was preparing an espresso machine to be photographed for the magazine. It cost more than $1,000. When I pressed the stylist to explain to me how an espresso machine could possibly be worth that much, all she … Continue reading

The only tomato sauce you need

The only tomato sauce you need

Pardon me for writing about the most famous tomato sauce recipe on the planet—consider it a rite of passage, that every new food blogger must do at one point or another. I’m talking about Marcella Hazan’s 3-ingredient sauce, that cooks in under an hour, and will blow away any previous tomato sauce you’ve ever had, … Continue reading