Monthly Archives: July 2015


Cauliflower Steak – is it Meat in Effigy?

… … … I won’t go so far as saying that there is a right way and there is a wrong way to cook cauliflower. I will say that there are ways to bring out the best of the flavors locked in its brainy white florets, and there are ways to make it taste like rotten… Read More


Getting the Most Out of 2.5 Days in New York (or… We Ate Manhattan)

… … … Thursday … Arrive at La Guardia a little before 5 pm  I was in New York this past weekend with my husband and our friends Mike and Linda West. The day after we got back I read an article in the Times explaining how Uber and its ilk are making Manhattan traffic noticeably worse… Read More


“How about a kumquat, my little chickadee?”

… … … Haven’t you ever had one of those days when you couldn’t stop thinking about what you were going to do with all the kumquats you had in the refrigerator? Considering which of your grandmother’s kumquat recipes you wanted to make? Probably not … But what about the times when you’re at the… Read More


Sponges, Germs, and Gender Neutrality in the Kitchen

Would you be comfortable using water from the toilet bowl to clean your kitchen counters and wash the dishes? I’m guessing that your answer is no. Then why do people use sponges in the kitchen even though pretty much all the scientific data suggests that they’re not just a perfect breeding ground for germs, but… Read More


Spraying Vegetable Oil

When spraying a pan with vegetable oil, keep your counter and/or sink clean and unslimed by holding the pan inside the dishwasher (or set it on the open door) and spray. Any spray that misses the pan will be washed away the next time you run the dishwasher.


Keep Melting Butter from Splattering Your Microwave

Keep melting butter from splattering your microwave: Leave the waxed paper on the stick of butter. Place the stick into a pyrex measuring cup, seam side down. Run the microwave on high for a minute. The butter will flow down through the seam, and the paper will keep your microwave from becoming splattered. Do not… Read More


Keeping Leafy Greens Fresh

When I buy kale or chard I like to wash the greens when I get home from the store. After shaking off excess water I place them in an overlapping single layer on top of a cloth or paper towel. If I have enough greens I place a second towel on top of the first… Read More


Marketing Healthy Options but Selling Something Else

I recently read a restaurant industry article titled What’s hot with fried foods. I was hoping to find a nuts-and-bolts blend of technique and inspiration that would up my game in the kitchen. I worry that if I don’t constantly tweak my kitchen skills they’ll fade away, like the four semesters of French I took… Read More