Out of nowhere the other day Annie asked me to make my recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread. A child doesn’t need to ask twice for a recipe involving zucchini for me to rush to the store to procure the loathed green vegetable. I believe she became nostalgic for it because I hadn’t baked it this… Read More
Archives for September 2010
Food, no cooking required.
“Cooking, I find, has two levels: technique and flavor. In technique you find the craft of cooking, and yes, anyone who cooks needs to know a few how-tos. A cook can choose to engross herself in the details of perfect pie crusts and emulsifications and never think about anything else. Technically perfect food is satisfying… Read More
This week looks like November. Since Sunday it’s been gray, cloudy, and rainy outside and despite the temperatures still remaining in the spring/summer range, I was feeling chilly yesterday. Or at least my mind was in a chilly place, even though the house was sort of warm and stuffy. I had the urge to put… Read More
This was the concluding dinner of a pretty mediocre week of cooking. I’m still trying to get a grip on the new school year schedule, soccer practice driving, other after-school activity driving, and the mom-homework-helpline. Given all of that confusion, my attention to cooking has been pretty minimal. I would like to eat something good,… Read More
Over the past couple of days, my cooking plans have just not gone as planned. Don’t worry, nobody here is in danger of starving, but my plans have just been wrong. I blame it on the harvest moon. For example, two nights ago I was ready to repeat the successful grilled pizza we had last… Read More
Pecan pancakes with cranberry orange butter – I had to eat something with the Bloody Mary I drank at Bill’s last weekend. So why not make it something really good?
“Italian-American food – what cuisine is it? Is it Italian, American, or a piece of Americana with Italian roots? Like a beautiful hybrid flower that takes its genetic makeup from its seeds but derives its colors and aroma from the particular patch of earth in which it grows it is unquestionably some of each.” –… Read More
Regular readers know that my daughter Annie can’t eat raw tomatoes. Since she was a toddler, eating a bite of raw tomato makes her gag. However, she loves ketchup and has never had problems with tomato sauce. Then she discovered salsa cruda in a Mexican restaurant, and those tortilla chips convinced her that was also… Read More
We blew off the humdrum this weekend, packed the kids and ourselves in the car, and headed down to Chincoteague for a little getaway on Friday night. This was accompanied by a suitcase full of mother guilt… how will they get their sizable homework done on the road? what will the coach and team think… Read More