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The Secret's in the Sauce

Photo by Asha Loupy for Food52 I was riding with a friend the other day and we were chatting about cooking. It seems she doesn’t cook much and I added, quite sincerely, that I cook pretty simple meals myself, especially in the summer. I noticed she gave me a little side-eye as I continued, “ I just like to have one or two great sauces on hand, then grill a piece of meat or f…

Italian Revelry

  In describing my multi-cultural heritage, I have often laughingly commented that, ”Italian is the only thing I am not!" But somewhere in the recesses of my gene pool, I suspect there is a snippet of DNA that makes a liar of me. Why else would I return again and again to Italy, and when I cannot be physically present there, to its food? It seems that more than any other cuisin…

"Digital" Food

                                                       My first impression of Palo Alto reminds me of the movie set for The Truman Show, where the protagonist, played by Jim Carey, lived: lush green spaces, the sky is almost always blue, beautiful b…

"Foodar"

For me, being at a new food festival or farmer’s market is like letting a coon hound loose to find his prey.  I am both giddy with anticipation and totally focused on results, the quintessential hunter and gatherer. After all, for most of us, this is the closest thing to our ancestral primal landscape where our animal brains and instincts are fully activated. And it’s ju…

HOPE

                                                                                   To mark this day I am sharing with you two poems about hope.  The first was written by my fri…

Tooling Around the Kitchen

                                                                Being the guardian of a helpless stranger who enters your life with his or her own agenda, idiosyncrasies, and personality requires a great flexibility and power of ob…

"Mise en Place"

                     One Saturday morning this summer, I decided to make my own Vietnamese style spring (cold) rolls. I was prompted  to do so after I bought some at the Farmer’s Market in West Tisbury. It has been an old family tradition to pick up a couple anytime our children were visiting. I bought some for Buck and I t…

"The Bustle in the House"

  Shortly before her 96th birthday, my mother, Dee Gurley commented, “I think 96 is long enough.” Obviously, she wasn’t kidding. She passed away on September 7, 2016, two days after her birthday. In the month since that day, have been navigating a new terrain…one without my mother. Perhaps because I am her only daughter, I have had both the privilege and resp…

Lexington Barbecue

Every family has it favorite or traditional foods. They are imbedded in our DNA, our tastebuds and hearts. They are the foods that remind us of family, traditions, good times and old friends. In our family, one very special favorite is barbecue.  It helps that my hometown is Lexington, NC, one of the true barbecue capitols of the world, its praises sung by food writers and barbecue …

Something From Nothing

I have often mentioned the magic of cooking, the sheer joy of making something delicious from almost nothing...a handful of this, a pinch of that. Nothing seems more fun or sometimes more satisfying. It is also, for me a bit of a thrill- feeling like a contestant on one of those cooking shows where the chefs, with the clock ticking, compete to come up with a dish from a limited supply of i…