Filed under Memoir & Essay

Women in the Kitchen: A Reflection

This is a freewrite I wrote on January 26, 2013, with the intention of posting it on this blog; and then archived it because I thought it needed more research and work. But in the spirit of writing with fewer hangups, I’ll be posting more pieces that I intended to make into longer essays (and … Continue reading

Making Gumbo for the Storm

Friday, August 26, 2011. The news reports have been predicting Hurricane Irene to smack into New York City in two days, as it edges up the East Coast. I think little of the warnings until I hear that they’re planning a system-wide MTA shutdown, unprecedented in New York City history. Whoa. This is serious. The … Continue reading

Food and Memory

Inspiration: Best Food Writing 2010, Ed. Holly Hughes. Essay: “Time to Respect the Ramen,” by Kevin Pang. “Ramen was the first food I learned to cook at age 10—drop noodle brick in boiling water, empty sodium packet—and here it was, in the middle of Tokyo’s Shinagawa neighborhood, a dish redefined.” What I love here is … Continue reading

Le Creuset

Le Creuset Dutch oven and onion soup bowls Yesterday, I received a package that I’d been waiting for since last week: the blaze-colored Le Creuset 7.25 quart Dutch oven and two French onion soup bowls, those lovely stoneware bowls with the handle that you see in any brasserie attempting authenticity (favorites here in NYC are … Continue reading

The Kitchen

Why is that my happiest childhood memories seem to revolve around the home where we had the largest, brightest kitchen? Well, maybe not the largest, brightest one – the one in Florida was larger and brighter. But this one was homiest. Perhaps it was the yellow and white tinge of the wallpaper. The windows that … Continue reading