Come to Bethlehem and eat.

I was in Houston this week, speaking at a training and HR workshop for independent blood centers. Yes, I know you're surprised there would be such a gathering. And you're probably wondering if I mean the Red Cross, which I do not. I could get all technical and explain the complicated volunteer blood supply in … Continue reading Come to Bethlehem and eat.

20 Lessons in Domestic Science.

There is no food problem so complex as scientific marketing, complex because so many elements enter into a day's dietary. Marian Cole Fisher, Twenty Lessons in Domestic Science; 1916. A number of years ago I read an article in the New York Times about a cult favorite home-keeping book titled Mrs. So-and-So's Something. Obviously, that … Continue reading 20 Lessons in Domestic Science.

How to cook absolutely nothing.

About a year ago, when Super Bowl XLVII rolled around, we were six weeks into Mom's awful food makeover (that's what my family called it).  Inspired by Michael Pollan's book, In Defense of Food, I had wiped from our house virtually every one of my family's favorite junk foods: Go-Gurt, Nacho Cheese Doritos, Kraft American … Continue reading How to cook absolutely nothing.

Lord, let there be lemons.

The first time I tasted limoncello I realized I’d been wrong to think God made lemons so we might enjoy lemon curd.  Tart, sweet, chilly on the tongue but warm in the throat,  limoncello is the adult version of every happy lemonade stand you’ve ever visited, ever. It’s possible that the adventure associated with my … Continue reading Lord, let there be lemons.

Are you my family?

My grandfather, my father’s father, and his sister Julia lived next door to one another from the mid 1930s, when they built their houses, until they died decades later.  Their yards were connected by a garden path, their lives communal.  My father was an only child, and his four cousins living next door were more … Continue reading Are you my family?