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The Mother of All Cooking Shows

The Mother of All Cooking Shows

| August 17, 2007 | 6 Comments

This week marks both the birthday and deathday, if there is such a word, of Julia Child. The fact that no one in my culinary circle has mentioned either event upsets me. Where are the parades? Is anyone laying a wreath of Bay Laurel on her grave? Some people old enough to do so talk […]

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The Old Clam House

The Old Clam House

| August 10, 2007 | 2 Comments

There are a number of restaurants in this city that have captured my imagination– restaurants about which I know absolutely nothing, apart from the clues given away by their often antiquated signs and odd locations. Russia House and Julius’ Castle come to mind. I am not typically curious about what’s new and exciting. I leave […]

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Eat This: 1,001 Things to Eat Before You Diet

Eat This: 1,001 Things to Eat Before You Diet

| August 3, 2007 | 1 Comment

Summer reading should be pleasant fare. Though I had found perverse comfort earlier this season in Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror– the wars and epidemics of our own century seem paltry when compared to the Hundred Years’ War and Bubonic Plague of the 14th– I felt that, just perhaps, I should read something slightly more […]

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Peaches, Herb and Melba.

Peaches, Herb and Melba.

| July 27, 2007 | 0 Comments

Before getting to the meat of today’s subject matter, I’d like to explain something– the evolution of today’s post. I’m off to my 20th high school reunion this weekend so, naturally, the song “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb has been crowding my brain. The initial idea was to exorcise this R & B demon from […]

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Fried Gallus gallus

Fried Gallus gallus

| July 20, 2007 | 1 Comment

Every summer, I become mildly obsessed with frying chicken. I think of the beautiful childhood picnics I never went on. Laying out my hand-stitched quilt on a grassy patch of park free of dog feces, the well-timed automatic sprinklers offering me a refreshing spritz of mist at 15 minute intervals, drinking freshly squeezed lemonade and […]

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Tempura

| July 13, 2007 | 4 Comments

Thank you, Catherine Tate. Battered veg. With spicy jam. That works for me. I love anything fried. Thai tempura, or Hoi Tot, is a style of deep fat frying similar to that of the Japanese but suited of course to the climate, palates and product availability of the Thai people. Food from Thailand. The Japanese […]

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Saving My Cherry for a Rainy Day

Saving My Cherry for a Rainy Day

| July 6, 2007 | 0 Comments

People have been ranting and raving ad nauseum about how great stone fruit season is shaping up this year, beginning with cherries. Far too many exclamation marks have been typed, causing an unfortunate cramp in the left hand in the most rabid of us, blogging their praises. I prefer to save my left hand for […]

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Biodynamic Wines (sort of) explained

Biodynamic Wines (sort of) explained

| June 29, 2007 | 4 Comments

The first time I heard about biodynamic wine, it sounded, to me, like some odd French marketing gimmick. Not an unreasonable thought, considering the fact the bottle of wine being discussed was from Chateauneuf-du-Pape, a place known for prohibiting flying saucers or, as the French call them les cigares volantes from landing in their vineyards. […]

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The French Laundry: Heavy on the Starch

The French Laundry: Heavy on the Starch

| June 22, 2007 | 6 Comments

There are some things in this world best left to the imagination; people, places or events so idealized they could never live up to the expectations built up around them — your wedding day or a menage a trois with a pair of identical twins or, in this case, dinner at what has been referred […]

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Must See TV: Posh Nosh

| June 15, 2007 | 5 Comments

There is very little that needs to be said about Posh Nosh. It speaks for itself. Earlier this week, I was dining with friends at the most expensive restaurant in the universe when the topic of Posh Nosh came up. I had to fess up to my ignorance regarding the show, but I was intrigued. […]

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Getting Stuffed

Getting Stuffed

| June 8, 2007 | 0 Comments

I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic lately, which isn’t terribly surprising considering the fact that I am usually found in a state of past-reflection. That’s not to say that I can’t focus on the present as well as others. I can, especially since paying close attention to the here-and-now comes in handy when, well, the […]

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Dining in the Great Outdoors

Dining in the Great Outdoors

| June 1, 2007 | 3 Comments

I did not grow up in what could be even remotely considered an outdoorsy household. Yes, of course we went outdoors, but generally only to get ourselves to some other indoor venue. Sure, we’d go to the mountains, but we’d stay inside our cabin, unless we needed to go and get more jiffy pop or […]

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A Conversation with Dorothy Cann Hamilton

A Conversation with Dorothy Cann Hamilton

| May 25, 2007 | 1 Comment

Dorothy Cann Hamilton, host of the PBS hit series Chef’s Story, was kind enough to pay KQED a visit prior to her appearance with Thomas Keller at the Commonwealth Club last week. When I was approached to interview her, I immediately said, “Of course I’d do it.” When I hung up the phone, I realized […]

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May is Coffee Cake Month

May is Coffee Cake Month

| May 11, 2007 | 1 Comment

Last week, my friend Thrasso told me it was Coffee Cake Month. When I asked how he came by that nugget of information, he told me that it was, at least, Coffee Cake Month in his world. It is quite simply a ruse to get people to give him cake. It isn’t as though he […]

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