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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…

Carry on Cuisine

                I have a long history of carrying foods through airports. In fact, I have a long history of carrying foods with me wherever I go. I care about what I eat, not just for the tastes but because I feel better when I eat in a mindful healthy way, especially on the road. In the past, I have packed sandwiches or some fruit or nuts. Earlier …

“No, I can’t, Mr.President."

               The Proof of the Pudding contract with the Carter Center  http://www.cartercenter.org encompassed the last five years of my involvement at Proof of the Pudding. For me, it was one of the most satisfying projects that I ever worked on.  The recent news of President Carter’s battle with melanoma reminded me how the…

Making Magic

                                                                                                     Clarence Parrish, my grandfather, w…

Pat Conroy

During my years living in Atlanta, I was lucky to know Pat Conroy. I first met him not long after opening the Proof of the Pudding takeout store in 1979.  At the time, Pat lived in neighboring Ansley Park in a tiny, basement level apartment and would show up regularly to buy our homemade croissant.  He often sat at one of the few cafe tables in the front of the shop with his co…

"Medium Rare" Brownies

The brownies became famous almost as soon as the doors of Proof of the Pudding opened in 1979. Perhaps they would not seem so extraordinary today in a world where artisanal extra dark chocolates flavored with lavender or chilis are sold in every grocery store. But timing is everything and their arrival on the food scene in Atlanta helped put our store on the map. I owe some of that to…

Proof of the Pudding

 The Proof of the Pudding is in the tasting” – Cervantes, Don Quixote   What could possibly explain the motivation for a young woman, trained as a psychotherapist and without ever having even worked in a restaurant, who had never run a business, to start a catering company, and then open Atlanta’s first retail gourmet takeout business?  Many of us who love…

Chicken Soup

"A person can develop a cold” - Adelaide’s Lament, Guys And Dolls The past week of snow, air travel and icy winds followed by balmy temperatures can really strain one’s immune system. I caught a cold and this one really made itself at home, settling one by one into my usually resistant sinuses, throat and chest. Finally, tired of being tired and dragging around a bottl…

Holiday "Disasters"?

I am waiting for my new dishwasher to be delivered. The current model, still tucked into its cubby in my Chapel Hill kitchen, decided to give up the ghost on the day before Thanksgiving. Here I am twelve days later expecting its replacement any minute. We tinkered with it and tried all the “troubleshooting” suggestions in the manual. We went online to look for more hacks and vi…