No, I am not Santa. (food, week of 12.23.13)

For the past seven days I have struggled with the challenge I set last week, the challenge of anonymous giving and do-gooding to revive my waning Christmas spirit.  Anonymous giving is not nearly as easy as I thought it would be, accentuating my completely irritating Type A-ness instead of increasing the spontaneous flow of love … Continue reading No, I am not Santa. (food, week of 12.23.13)

All of my friends are going to be snackers. (food, week of 12.9.13)

A cocktail supper is my favorite type of gathering (no, not just because it's an excuse to serve French 75s, although I do love a good French 75...).  Sure, the seated, plated dinner and buffet brunch are wonderful in their own right; when I catered (a lifetime ago) those types of formal meals were, so … Continue reading All of my friends are going to be snackers. (food, week of 12.9.13)

The light heart lives longest. (food, week of 12.1.13)

"I know you don't have a minute to talk, but you must tell me: how are my children doing?"  These are the first words Harriet says after I answer the phone last Sunday afternoon.  Not "Hello."  Not "Jennifer?"  Straight to the matter Harriet is, and it's one of the qualities I adore most in her. … Continue reading The light heart lives longest. (food, week of 12.1.13)

Setting a new table. (food, week of 11.25.13)

18 years ago this week I was heading to Jackson, WY to celebrate Thanksgiving with my sister and her new husband chase Bernard.  As married readers know, there's no Thanksgiving quite like your first Thanksgiving, the first time you attempt to meld whatever traditions were cultivated in each of you and initiate those of your … Continue reading Setting a new table. (food, week of 11.25.13)

In Defense of Jane Brody. (food, week of 11.11.13)

Poor Jane Brody.  First there was her personal high cholesterol problem that just got worse, publicly, the more fervently she clung to her own low-fat diet advice.  Then, after a few quiet years, came her article debunking food myths which landed her in the Huffington Post hot seat, skewered by Kristin Wartman for gross misstatements … Continue reading In Defense of Jane Brody. (food, week of 11.11.13)

Impromptu. (food, week of 11.4.13)

I'm fairly certain my mother never once said to a friend, on the spur of the moment, "why don't you stay for dinner?"  She was the type of cook who planned and polished.  She like to have everything in place before inviting anyone over the share a meal.  How then did her elder daughter come … Continue reading Impromptu. (food, week of 11.4.13)