Our American Thanksgiving, which was originally a modified form of older harvest festivals, has gradually evolved into a different kind of harvest festival — one that celebrates processed foods. Family farms have been replaced by agri-business, and the supermarket is the true focus of … Continue reading
Dipping into History
In the summer, chips and dips appear on outdoor tables everywhere. Today, it’s almost unthinkable to fire up the grill until this first line of drinks and appetizers have been served. It was not always so. A while back, someone asked, … Continue reading
Eggnog: A Classic Winter Cocktail
Family and friends sit around a cozy fire enjoying a creamy white yuletide draft. It’s Christmas and time once again for that holiday favorite – eggnog… Continue reading
Caviar, Friend or Faux?
Throughout history, people have tried to turn lead into gold, either in actuality or metaphorically. When we think of Welsh Rabbit (melted cheese), Bombay Duck (dried fish), or Scotch Woodcock” (chopped hard-boiled eggs and cream on toast), it’s usually a rare … Continue reading
Spring: An Old Man’s Fancy Turns to Thoughts of Mushrooms
I never believed that whole equinox thing — spring never arrives in March in the Hudson Valley. For a time I thought April first (opening day of trout season) was the real first day of spring, but that, invariably, was a cruel joke for flyfisherfolk. … Continue reading
Preserving Food, Preserving Culture
Humans are not the only species that saves food for leaner times. Some animals simply build up their fat reserves. Some hide their surplus food in places where they can access them later. Only a small number of species alter their … Continue reading
My Dinner With Zal
Did I ever tell you about my day with the late Zal Yanofsky, former lead guitarist for the Lovin’ Spoonful? Decades ago, long before I was the upright citizen you see today, I was a struggling young illustrator/designer, living in an empty apartment in … Continue reading
Mayo on a Burger?
Let me say – right up front – that I’m against it. On principle. “What Principle?” you ask. The same one that tells a Chicagoan that it’s just wrong to put ketchup on a hot dog, but sport peppers, bright green relish, and celery salt are de … Continue reading