Before you, a riot of colors. Not just amidst the tablecloth and on the dinnerware, but within the meal itself. Vibrant reds, yellows, greens and oranges bejewel the grains, which are crowned with a snowy white dollop and a dusting of crimson powder. That’s just one part of the plate, too. Off to the side… Continue reading Kaleidoscope
Who used oysters and clams by the bucket Until one day the market ran dry So the chef asked, “Why not give lobsters a try?” To those who think chowder means clams, I say…” The rest has been lost, but you might speculate. Point is, summer often includes a trip to the beach, and shore… Continue reading There Once Was a Chef on Nantucket…
Gliding through the millennia, we find ancient Romans enjoying savillum, a dessert that’s wended its way to us as cheesecake. No less a personage than Senator and historian Marcus Porcius Cato (better known as Cato the Elder) provided instructions, 160 BC, in his De Agri Cultura: Make a savillum thus: Mix 1/2 libra (*1) of… Continue reading It Began Here
Not only do honeybees pollenate our crops, bringing the next round of fruits and vegetables, but they also produce a smooth golden nectar (honey) that enhances much of our cooking. Pretty amazing accomplishment for a small insect buzzing along happily. Here’s one of the culinary superstars now, taking nourishment not too far from the kitchen:… Continue reading Busy Little Honeybee
To life, indeed. When greeting the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah, coming up this week), it’s customary to share Honey Cake as a means of encouraging similar sweetness in the coming year. With two cups of amber nectar in each diminutive cake, it’s only natural such a dessert is enjoyed prominently in Israel, “The Land… Continue reading L’Chaim!