The Art of the Party

Lately I’ve been thinking a bit about entertaining among people of my generation and younger. My question was- is entertaining becoming an art of the past? In my experience, organizing social events at home has become much less popular in recent years (exception perhaps for my upstairs neighbor in Chicago who regularly hosted lively gatherings that ended with breakfast…) Here … Continue reading The Art of the Party

A Box of this and a Can of that – A Great American Tradition

My aunt recently gave me a cookbook that was prepared as a fundraiser for an organization that she has been giving her time and energy to for many years. It’s called A Better World, and it’s a wonderful after-school program that gives low-income children a safe and enriching environment in the after-school hours. (Read more … Continue reading A Box of this and a Can of that – A Great American Tradition

A Sweet New Year

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