Bread, Fast and Slow

Easter and the beginning of Passover coincide this weekend, which presents an opportunity to reprise experiments in bread both leavened and unleavened. A lesson in povitica Mamma, matzoh!

Eastover Offerings

A dinner companion the other evening recalled his childhood in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where dishes for the Passover seder were prepared by the housekeeper. Like a scene out of The Help, she’d then turn around and make the family’s recipes, like  kugel, for her own church suppers, calling it Easter dressing. It was the perfect…

Bread, Fast and Slow

Easter and the beginning of Passover coincide this weekend, which presents an opportunity to reprise experiments in bread both leavened and unleavened. A lesson in povitica Mamma, matzoh!

Enter the Dragon

Funny how certain holiday traditions and foods crop up in different cultures, no matter how diverse. Witness the bowl of tangerines, symbolizing health and long life (especially with the leaves intact), that’s ubiquitous for the Chinese New Year, which starts today. My Eastern European family always kept the same bowl of tangerines on the table throughout…

One Last Word

Holiday visitors who come bearing gifts of food and drink are always appreciated, especially when those same gifts include recipes we haven’t tried. Brother Dave arrives with a bottle of Chartreuse and his new,  favorite old-time cocktail recipe, The Last Word. The Prohibition-era classic features green Chartreuse (yes Virginia, chartreuse is not just a color…

Beyond Pumpkin Pie

This year’s Thanksgiving feast chez Kate focused on new combinations of  traditional ingredients. Case in point: to liven up the pumpkin portion of the meal, Kate served up fresh-baked Slow-Rising Pumpkin-Thyme Dinner Rolls. Warm from the oven, they were a lovely way to start the dinner, spread with some Cheddar-Cava Spread and a glass of…