Mar 19

Trinh Diem Vy is a third generation Vietnamese cook and is considered one of the country’s most reputable restaurateurs. During a trip to Hoi An a few years ago I had the opportunity to take a class at her famous Morning Glory Cooking School and the experience was undoubtedly the highlight of my time in [...]

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Jan 22

When you are eight months pregnant and spend most of your time chasing an unruly toddler around the house, the few precious hours to yourself are usually not spent on your feet. So when I found myself devoting a good hour to peeling and dicing a small mountain of root vegetables the other day I [...]

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Jan 02

I thought I had discovered the perfect winter salad a few weeks ago, but it turns out there was room for improvement. Last summer, on a vacation in Vermont, a jewel of a vinaigrette made itself known to me at an unassuming Turkish restaurant. Clearly a house staple, the mixture sat in small glass bottles [...]

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Dec 18

This is exactly the sort of thing I crave this time of year for a mid-week supper. It can be a relief to have a salad again when braised meats, hearty stews and all sorts of holiday baked goods seem to dominate the culinary landscape the month of December.  But a bare bones salad that shines [...]

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Dec 11

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings authored the book The Yearling in 1938, and it went on to win the Pulitzer Prize a year later.  I know about Ms. Rawlings work, not because I read her acclaimed novel, but from a movie called Cross Creek that is based on her time spent in The Everglades working on the manuscript. [...]

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Nov 26

It is no secret that the holiday season can often turn into a frenzy, and it starts the few days before Thanksgiving when everyone piles into the grocery stores for food shopping.  I fall victim to this every year, and despite my best intentions to plan, organize and streamline my menu, I over buy and [...]

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Nov 24

Anyone who warns you about the tumultuous process of undergoing a kitchen renovation should be listened to, and closely. Most likely they haven’t cautioned you enough since it is hard to convey the emotional upheaval that comes along with it. Sound dramatic? Chances are you haven’t experienced it. This past September, after lots of planning, saving and [...]

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Sep 09

I haven’t made cake from a box mix in ages, and why would I start now? Well my curiosity was piqued when a fellow chef, whose cooking I have longed admired, was raving to me about the Ad Hoc fried chicken mix. Apparently it is the best she has tasted. So when I received a [...]

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Sep 05

In a few short days my kitchen will be packed up and the bare bones of  a fifties style cook space will, for once and all, be torn down. My feelings are mixed, as the prospect of five weeks without a place to heat my skillet and store a day’s worth of groceries is like [...]

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Aug 11

My best friend is married to a man with the last name Peachey. At their wedding several summers ago, peaches were featured prominently, and given the time of year the fruit was dripping with sweetness. They live on several acres of beautiful property in the country, and it made perfect sense to have the festivities take place [...]

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