September 12, 2014

This is a great bachelor’s dinner, but you can certainly make more at the same time, in a larger pan. My favorite salad with a steak is torn Bibb lettuce dressed with a little olive oil, sea salt, and some brine from a bottle of cornichons (or any pickle juice) instead...

July 1, 2014

Last night I walked past my neighbor’s garden, delightfully overwhelmed by the perfume of basil in the air. “Liguria!” I thought, and went directly to make these eggs, a delicious, and transporting, midnight treat.  Liguria is home to Genoa, the great port; Santa Margh...

May 6, 2014

I found this zany old Betty Crocker advertisement on Etsy one late night: It seems, in 1950, a Navy man and his lovely wife entered a cake-baking contest, and, get this: The Navy man won! The Navy, we’re told, served him well. And I thought…I haven’t baked a cake in a...

March 23, 2014

On a walk to the water I imagined a Chinese Junk in the bay, and told myself a story about a journey long ago from the other side of the ocean.  I imagined the welcome the subjects of the Song Dynasty would have received from the natives, and how the sailors from here...