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Clafoutis

  Many years ago, when I was just starting my cooking experiments, I owned a small French cookbook. I have long since lost the book and forgotten its title. But I loved the photo and the seemingly simple recipe for Plum Clafoutis that I found in the book. Clafoutis (pronounced [klafuti] is a baked French dessert filled with fruit, usually cherries. I always thought it would be easy t…

The "Causes" of Obesity

Mark Bittman, one of my favorite food writers and educators, wrote a clear and compelling piece in this morning's NYTimes Opinion section. See Mark Bittman's commentary here:  "Real food is more likely to promote health than hyperprocessed food." Well said, Mark Bittman. I would add three other "causes" of obesity:1. limited access to Real Food 2. a Congress that currently …

Remembering Al Clayton

                                                      Al Clayton, a friend, extraordinary photographer and human being, cook and former collaborator, died just a month ago.  I don’t know who started calling him “Crazy” Al in our fam…

Wind Chill Chinese Chicken Pot

The title is pretty self explanatory. It is January 7th, 2014 and almost 200 million people in the US are suffering the extreme cold of the Polar Vortex. Chapel Hill is COLD with a wind chill of around -10 degrees this morning.   This is how the Polar Vortex played out at our house. Of course, food was a main character. On Friday, Buck and I took our first, long anticipated trip to…

Google+ Hangout on Air with FOUR Carolina Authors

Join four UNC award winning authors - Kay Goldstein, Susan Bullington Katz, Rosemary Zibart, and Lisa Kline - for a live conversation about writing, inspiration and books for young adults and Middle grade readers.To join the conversation and submit questions, we invite you to use the hashtag #UNCauthors, or submit questions day of using the Goo…

Julia "Who"

It was 4:30 in the afternoon when the phone rang. It was Doris Koplin, Chairperson of the local planning committee and  longtime friend. She got right to the point. “Do you have room for two more for dinner?” I hedged. Hmm...I’d have to re-set some tables, re-portion some food. She continued without missing a beat, “Julia loved your menu and wants to come to yo…

Cooking Consults

If you happen to review my checkered career path you know I never know what project I will be doing next..or what medium I will be using.  This next one is just for fun. Google is launching a new "Helpouts" service tomorrow and yours truly is one of the first people offering one-to-one expert help over live video. I am offering Cooking Consults. Here is the link.  Feel free…

Clam Digging

I never cook clams in Martha's Vineyard that I don't think about the first time our family went clam digging... We waited all day for the rain to stop and it was late afternoon when the sun broke through. We gathered rakes and buckets and water shoes. The water continued its drip off the roof and sprawling oaks as we piled into Audrey, our ancient station wagon, a rusty retiree from the c…