A Word on Fats

Posted March 8, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Fats – or should I say oils, butter and their brethren – have an unfortunate moniker. The word brings to mind something we in America spend a lot of time, money and energy trying not to be.  At least that’s how I saw it as a teenage girl.  I remember going over to friends’ homes and watching their mothers cook beautiful chicken soups and stews and refusing to eat them because the dishes had the sheen of oil on them. You couldn’t make me sit down to the most delicious plate of meatballs for all the hockey trophies in Read more >


Posted at 6:08 pm

I think it happened around 2 a.m. one night. I was up late, baking dried cherry-chocolate chip cookies, the television was on in the adjacent room, the volume muted.  I glanced over to the moving images twenty feet away and – my lucky night – West Side Story was on.  It’s something different – experiencing those classic musicals — when you’ve been raised on them yourself, actually performing in them, breathing the stage, day in, day out.  At fourteen, there just isn’t anything more euphoric than dancing and singing with a crowd Read more >

Losing Your Taste

Posted at 5:49 pm

Let’s hope no one ever really permanently loses their sense of taste, but for a foodie, even a few days without the ability to taste and smell can feel like an eternity.  Nothing can seem more detrimental and depressing than getting sick enough to lose the ability to appreciate a gorgeous Camembert or the subtle, sweet bitterness of a good cappuccino or even the tang of a raspberry popsicle.  The last time I got that sick (it happens about once every ten years!) was when I was expecting my daughter.  Why not just take some Benadryl and be Read more >

Who Doesn’t like Avocados?

Posted March 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Who doesn’t like avocados? That rich, healthy, delectable pulp which, to me, feels like dessert off the tree?

My husband, that’s who. Since Mr. C was raised in the Midwest on a nearly entirely Korean diet, I figured he just never had an opportunity to really experience how wonderful avocados can be. This was a minor problem when we moved in together and I  Read more >