All photos of this adventure were taken by Christopher Jennings Penders. Photo by Christopher Jennings Penders The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. Vladimir Nabakov I've been thinking lately about taste- and how to find accurate language to describe what I eat. I have the feeling that the words exist- I just have to find them. My thoughts have turned to the wine lovers of the … [Read more...] about The Language of Love: A Novice Tastes Wine
"Without garlic I simply would not care to live." Louis Diat (1885-1958) As you might imagine, I am wild about garlic. If a recipe calls for 4-5 cloves, I opt for 6 (remember the stuffed artichokes?) I grew up eating the most common of garlic- the kind you buy at the grocery store. Utilitarian and delicious. I loved these grocery store bulbs. But I was young and I was naive. A few years ago my friend, colleague and fellow foodie Barbara Birmingham led me deep into a garlic world I … [Read more...] about A Garlic Centerfold
To read about My Aunt Phil's crab sauce, and find her recipe, please see this article I recently wrote for The Washington Post. … [Read more...] about Aunt Phil's Italian Crab Sauce: A Rich Family Feast
As you might have guessed, I was a very happy three year old. This was in large part due to Red Barn Children's Center, the extraordinary nursery school I attended in Clinton, CT. It was - and still is - a magical oasis. Nestled amidst cedar trees and grassy fields, Red Barn nutures the social and mental development of its young citizens. Its extraordinary teachers, led by director Linda Stuhlman, foster an environment that encourages "freedom of choice and expression of individuality." My … [Read more...] about Red Barn Pumpkin Muffins. Irresistible.
.................... Apple Cake. Before there was Marie Hélène Brunet-Lhoste, there was Carmel Carrano. Carmel was a friend of the family. She and her husband Al were customers at my grandfather Lou's appliance store in New Haven. She had a big personality and was loud just like my grandfather. Her house was modest and always impeccably clean; my mother tells me she could always see Carmel's house from two blocks away because her windows glistened so brightly. This was a woman who … [Read more...] about I Can't Live without Carmel Carrano's Apple Cake
All photos of this adventure were taken by Charlene Ribera Why then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open. ---The Merry Wives Of Windsor Act 2, scene 2, 2–5 I prefer my oysters raw. Unadulterated. Or perhaps with a classic French mignonette sauce of red wine vinegar, champagne vinegar and shallots, accompanied by a crisp sauvignon blanc. This time of year my friend Morgan makes a stuffing with bread croûtons, oregano, salt, pepper, smoked oysters, roast duck … [Read more...] about Seafood Mama Part II: The World is Mine Oyster (Rockefeller)