Julia Child’s Birthday

“How can a nation be called great if its bread tastes like kleenex?” ― Julia Child I’ve learned a lot from Julia Child over the years. As a young boy watching her on public television, I learned that the kitchen was a place I could work hard and find immense pleasure. As a young man, […]

A Thoroughly Modern Beefsteak Banquet

According to Wikipedia: Beefsteak banquets originated among the working class of New York City in the mid-1800s as celebratory meals or “testimonials”. The meal would generally be set up by an organization wishing to laud or raise money for politicians, newly promoted friends, or celebrities. Early beefsteaks were held in a relaxed, men-only atmosphere, with diners sitting […]

Dia de Ñoquis / Pasta Friday

On the first 90 degree day of the year, two pots of water are boiling away on the stove. We’re elbow deep in steaming potatoes plunked down and kneaded right on top of the kitchen table. Children are pouting. Children are running. Strangers are introducing themselves. I’m orchestrating a complex training scheme to facilitate efficient, […]

Diner en Blanc: 30th Anniversary

Ye blessèd creatures, I have heard the call  Ye to each other make; I see  The heavens laugh with you in your jubilee;  My heart is at your festival,  My head hath its coronal,  The fulness of your bliss, I feel—I feel it all.  – William Wordsworth “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early […]

Death over Dinner

What’s the most important and costly conversation Americans aren’t having? According to a group of medical and wellness leaders, it’s how we want to die. If 75% of Americans say they want to die at home, why do only 25% of them do? As a consequence of the United States’ unique profit-first health care, religious […]

Disrupting Easter

The plan was to have a fairly traditional (for me) observance of the Easter Triduum, the three day period between Maundy Thursday and Easter that recalls the passion, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as recorded in the canonical gospels. Nothing too disruptive. . . Nevertheless, true to form, I didn’t exactly stick to plan. […]

Disrupting Holidays: Purim Play

After a lifetime of not observing Purim, I made hamantaschen twice this year! Purim is a Jewish holiday that commemorates Queen Esther’s saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. The story is recorded in the Biblical Book of Esther, with contemporary overtones I can’t help but notice. […]