Posted in February 2013

Introducing… this other cool blog

Introducing… this other cool blog

Readers of this blog might remember this other post, in which I waxed poetic about the genius of Susan Spungen. Well, if you’re intrigued, I recommend checking out her slick new website and blog, right here. I, for one, am excited to check in and get her ideas regularly—I didn’t even know that she will … Continue reading

Semi-home cooking

Semi-home cooking

I am still figuring out what I think about this story from yesterday’s NY Times food section. In a nutshell, it’s about online companies that sell you “dinner kits”—which contain all the ingredients, in just the right amounts, plus recipes, to make dinners from scratch. My knee-jerk reaction was that the great Laura Shapiro, quoted, … Continue reading

Dried beans: Why not?

Dried beans: Why not?

One night, my 4-year-old was watching an episode of Sesame Street. Following a segment where a Cuban-American boy described his family dinner, he turned to me and said, “Mom, I want rice and beans.” Now, I had cooked us rice and beans plenty in the past, and they always went untouched by him. But I … Continue reading

Wok hay and beyond

Wok hay and beyond

I have been thinking a lot lately about the concept of “wok hay,” loosely translated as the soul or breath of the wok. The Chinese concept, that perfectly cooked food, right out of the wok, has a fleeting soul, a brief moment where the food is ideal and irresistible to eat, was brought to my … Continue reading