The last couple days have been the kick-off to the Jewish high holidays, and we have been cooking up a storm. Kugel, honey cake, apples, and other sweet dishes, are all traditional as the Jewish year comes to an end, and we wish for a sweet new year to come. At the end of this … Continue reading A Sweet New Year
As I pull my yellow currant tomatoes and purple green beans out of my garden, I am reminded of how pleasurable heirloom varietals are to grow. Like a funny-looking mutt, at first they might seem a bit ugly or unusual, but their oddities grow on you and soon the usual ones seem dull in comparison. … Continue reading Heirlooms
My grandma and I were talking recently about great things to eat when it’s just too hot to turn on the oven. She happened to mention something she ate as a child, made by her Russian immigrant grandmother, which was a cottage cheese salad. She said it was a family favorite in the hot summer months … Continue reading Give Cottage Cheese a Chance
There it seems that every area has its own specialty (near St. Etienne where I was there are Le Puy Lentils, Verbena liquor, quenelles- a puffed dumpling- just to name a few) or delicacy that is made exactly as it was in pre-industrial times. Continue reading Local Eating?
Today I would like to post my first entry in what I hope will be a recurring feature of the blog, and that is kids’ (and adults’) tasting panel. I thought what better product to start with than what seems like one of the fastest growing markets for kids food products: yogurt pouches. There is … Continue reading Tasting Panel – Kids’ Yogurt
Today’s post is all about Ranch seasoning. Laugh if you will, I love ranch, and it has all kinds of uses that you may not have thought of. I think it has the perfect balance of salty, garlicky and herby, and the flavors really bring out the best in vegetables, crackers, and a slew of … Continue reading Ode to Ranch
I may be kind of alone on this as a US consumer, but I, for one, am a thoroughly puzzled by the snack bar category. Here, in a nutshell, is what goes through my fuzzy little brain as I drift down these aisles: First there is that vast selection of vaguely medical looking bars, many of … Continue reading The Snack Bar Dilemma