FOOD FOR FUN

TOMATOES

TOMATOES

A couple weeks ago we visited friends in Connecticut. When we arrived they had just returned home from a farmers market and had placed big ruby red tomatoes on a sunny window sill to ripen. We have a farmer’s market in our NYC neighborhood on Fridays and I try to get there a couple...

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TERRACE COMPOTE AND EGG CREAMS

TERRACE COMPOTE AND EGG CREAMS

If this blog post seems confused and jumbled, blame it on the beastly hot New York summer weather. My brain feels like it’s been simmered medium rare inside my skull this last week with the constant 95 + degree temperatures. During the heatwave I ventured out into the blistering sun and smothering humid weather...

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A MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE TO WHAT MY MOTHER AND HER MOTHER TAUGHT ME

A MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE TO WHAT MY MOTHER AND HER MOTHER TAUGHT ME

I come from a long line of pie baking women. So, it only stands to reason that I’d end up being a pie baker, myself. Really, now, a woman could inherit a lot worse. This is a photo of my pie baking lineage. Grandma is the stout older woman, my mother the tall skinny...

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A SMALL TAPAS TASTING

A SMALL TAPAS TASTING

Spain is famous for it’s tapas, small bits of food that originally had a utilitarian use, a slice of bread placed on top of a glass of wine to keep the flies from getting into the drink. Tapas in Spanish means cover. But over time the lowly slice of bread, the tapas, has been...

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THE CITY THAT KEEPS SMILING

THE CITY THAT KEEPS SMILING

I just read on-line this morning that NYC is the most expensive city to live in on the USA Continent. There is no question about it, things are expensive in this town but somehow folks get by. Last count there were over 8 million of us living in Manhattan and its surrounding four boroughs. But...

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DEAD OF WINTER AFTERNOON RETREAT

DEAD OF WINTER AFTERNOON RETREAT

When you look out the window in the middle of winter and see a bright sun shine, the sky a deep blue, don’t be fooled, it could still be mighty cold out there. That’s how it was the other day when a friend and I went to check out the Malaysia Food Festival in...

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How To Cook A Wolf

How To Cook A Wolf

This summer I read a book that’s been sitting on my bookshelf for years, “How to Cook a Wolf” by M.F.K. Fisher. I have seven of Fisher’s books and haven’t read any of them. There are a lot of books on my shelf that I haven’t read, but why do I have so many...

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DINNER IN CHINATOWN

DINNER IN CHINATOWN

  The other day we went to Chinatown to see what was going on for the Lunar New Year celebration. We knew it was a couple days too early to see the fireworks but the area was decked out in lots of festive red dragons and fake fire crackers. Red symbolizes fire, which according...

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CHRISTMAS FLAN

CHRISTMAS FLAN

  My daughter baked the flan pictured here. It was baked in muffin tins in what is called a ‘water bath’, which means that the pan containing the batter was placed into a larger pan with water. If you have never used a ‘water bath’ method or made a flan before do not let...

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TIME TO DECK THE KITCHEN CABINETS WITH PHOTOS

TIME TO DECK THE KITCHEN CABINETS WITH PHOTOS

The kitchen has been newly painted. We took down everything from the clock to a junky old wine glass cabinet. But since we live in a coop apartment we really do not have permission to redo the entire room. So we cleaned it up and I decided to frame and hang some photographs. This...

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