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Ode to Chocolate

I was reading a food reference book just the other day to see if I could find any proof that chocolate is an aphrodisiac. Next to me sat a bag of chocolate chips from which I was popping an occasional single chip for inspiration. I came across this line about chocolate that said, "The Aztec ruler, Montezuma, so believed that chocolate was an aphrodisiac, that he purportedly drank 50 golden…

"Can You Top This?"

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t… you are right”   I knew I could win that contest. The culinary magazine sported a small advertisement for professional chefs. “Can you top this?” read the headline. It was a call for entries for toppings for a new commercial product for the commercial food service market- the Boboli Pizza crust. …

Gluten Free Potato Latkes

I love homemade latkes during Hanukkah. They are a reminder of the miracle of the oil that lasted not one, but eight days after the re-capture of their Temple by the Jews many centuries ago.  But this year, I was praying for a modern miracle- making a good potato latke without using the White Lily self-rising wheat flour I had always used.  I took the plunge and gave it a try. …

Thanksgiving and the Practice of Gratitude

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough and more... it can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend." - Melody Beattie Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday, and not surprisingly so. From our beginnings as a nation, immigrants to our shores have had much to be grateful for- bountiful land and resources, immense beauty…

Holiday Self Care

It’s November, almost Thanksgiving. Once again, lifestyle magazines are offering “tips “ for navigating the holiday season. You know-making perfect decorations, gift wrapping shortcuts, holiday menus and recipes galore, or creating new family traditions and rituals. The overall message of this barrage of “useful” information is that we, mostly women, can &ldqu…

Cookbook Capers

I don’t buy many new cookbooks these days. After giving away at least half of my massive collection before moving six years ago, I have been careful to not replace them all. But like so many others, I am drawn to the cookbook sections of bookstores...checking for new titles, looking at photos, absorbing new trends and ideas. Sometimes, I am rethinking my own dining habits or perhaps …

Capacity

Everytime I think about going to NYC and what fun it is to eat there, I think of my husband Buck's Uncle Chet. I wrote this about him many years ago and I still smile when I read it. Enjoy!             The line at the Carnegie Deli is already threatening to block the sidewalk, and it is early yet for the Saturday crowd. Aunt Blanche and Uncle …

You Can't See the Pattern While the Shuttle Flies

“You can’t see the pattern while the shuttle flies.” I have heard my mother, Dolores Parrish Gurley, say this many times in recent years-usually when she is in a philosophical mood, a quiet time of reflection, or when she is reassuring a younger friend or family member.  At 90, we are all younger than she. The quote originated with my grandmother Lena Cashion Gurle…