Big Yellow Taxi Took Away All My Hunger

I once had a colleague who, on a late-summer day, announced he was having a tomato for lunch. Not a tomato salad, or tomato soup, or a tomato on a sandwich, but simply a tomato, sliced on a plate and eaten with the loving care that a perfect summer beauty deserved. He wasn’t a particular…

Cake and Crema

You’ve probably seen those jars in the dairy aisle, next to the sour cream or cream cheese. Something called crema — from Mexico, or Salvador, or Guatemala, or even L.A.  And you’ve likely wondered what it was, or how exactly it was different from the nearby cream and/or sour cream. Well, stop wondering and pick up…

Black Friday

“You know what’s the best gift you can give for someone for Christmas?” the old man next to me commented out of the blue. By pure happenstance, we shared a bench in the middle of the shopping mall, watching shoppers trundling by laden with bags and boxes and casting an occasional eye toward the line…

Cut the Cheese

After nearly four months of aging in the less than stellar cheese-curing confines of my refrigerator, it was time to test the Cotswold produced during a Three Points Ohio road trip. Our host, Kate’s sister Kim, had warned that she tends to label her cheese as Cotswold-like or cheddar-like, because so many variables—from weather to…

Hot in the City

By our chile-growing maven pal, Neil Laslett. So, earlier this year you picked up one or two of those cute little jalapeño or cayenne plants for your patio or garden?  You thought it would be fun to have a few hot peppers, maybe throw them in chili or make a spicy cornbread. And when the…