Food and Recipes

Greeks Bearing Gifts

As the Easter season approaches, I am reminded of another one, long ago and far away. The story is one of the first I wrote when I began writing about my life in food and the people with whom I have shared so many meals.               Adam’s introduction was a godsend for two weary travelers with no itinerary, not much…

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…

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. …

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 …

Gluten Free “Senza Glutine” in Italy!!

We approached our Italian holiday and family wedding with some trepidation...one of our travelling companions had celiac disease. That means that he could not eat anything that contained gluten which includes anything made with regular wheat flour, barley or rye.  It is not an optional restriction, because celiac disease is actually an autoimmune disorder that can cause serious health…

Pie-Judging

It was in the far corner of the Old Agricultural Exhibition Hall that I had my epiphany. Stacked on long tables and rising above them on makeshift shelves rested rows of homemade pies, jams, cakes, and pickles. But it was the pies I wanted to linger over, smell, and taste. It was all I could do to keep from snitching a small piece of crust as I stood longingly in front of them. I knew then…

Dining Alone

Most people think of me as pretty outgoing. I certainly know how to make conversation and don’t easily fade into the woodwork at social gatherings. But I am by nature a bit of an introvert. The older I get, the more I realize that time alone becomes a necessary ingredient to fuel my creativity and maintain a sense of balance and focus. There is an internal spaciousness that is create…

BB's Bounty: A Father's Day Remembrance

There are privileges and obligations to being a father.  My birth father accepted only the privilege, the photos of himself with his children on his desk. There are privileges and obligations to being a daughter. For much of my life, I was relieved not to feel obligated. When my father passed away, amid my sadness was relief that I would not be called upon to care for him in his decli…

The Sisters Queen

Last month my husband's class held a reunuion here in Chapel Hill and we invited some of his classmates to stop in for a gathering one evening at our home. John Haber, a long time New Yorker, brought some Cheese Crispies, a nostalgic reminder of our friend and mentor, Anne Queen who always served them at  her home near the campus during our student years at UNC. His recipe can be foun…

Food Follies...becoming an All-Star Mom

“Don’t use food to wield power or bribe your children.” Printed in big black letters inside a block of lime green, the words seemed to leap off the page at me. I was reading one of those parent magazines they leave in the waiting room of pediatricians’ offices to make you feel inadequate and guilty. You know the ones. They keep you motivated during the day and awake…