When I was in North Carolina this past month visiting family, I actually did a bit of my own cooking. Since I had my cousin Sarah there, who is a fellow cook and excellent photographer, I thought it would be great to do a co-blog post with her.  So we asked our grandmother Betty what she remembers eating as a child, and …


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It’s December now and Chanukah is upon us! Now that I have my own child, I am very excited to start revisiting childhood holiday fun and establishing my own family traditions. Chanukah is another one of those holidays that is very centered around children, and we’ve been doing more this year to celebrate than I … Continue reading Chanukah

Indian Pudding

Before winter takes hold of us here in the Northern US, I would like to savor a dish that is, in my opinion, a wonderful part of the American repertoire. Despite its deep roots in American cooking, it seems as if this dish has all but disappeared from our collective culinary consciousness. It is a traditional New England treat called … Continue reading Indian Pudding


Since we are nearing the most child-centered holiday on the calendar, I thought I would take little time to learn about the origins of Halloween. I had heard vaguely that it was connected to the Day of the Dead and the Catholic All Saints Day, but I was a bit sketchy on the details. In fact … Continue reading Halloween

Wartime Cookery

The other day, I was watching a show I like called Supersizers Go. I’m not sure where the name comes from, but the show is by two British TV personalities, and each episode features them spending a week eating the way people did in a particular period of British history. They bring on social historians, chefs, and, if … Continue reading Wartime Cookery

Ketchup Chicken

Today I want to share with you one of my all time favorite childhood dinners, which we simply called Ketchup chicken. When I first told Denis about this meal many years ago, he laughed, thinking it was hilariously stereotypical that this American had grown up on chicken with ketchup, and, what’s more, thought this was the pinnacle … Continue reading Ketchup Chicken

The BabyNes

My husband Denis regularly browses the French news, and today, he sent me along an article in LeMonde about the new Nespresso machine called the BabyNes. For those of you who are not familiar with Nespresso, it is a juggernaut of a coffee company in Europe, which has finally really broken into the American market with … Continue reading The BabyNes