Curious Cook
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Gentle Reader, the other day I yelled at a co-worker in the middle of our showroom. I know; it surprised the heck out of me, too. I have never, in all the co-workers I’ve had, yelled at a … more
It’s another egg column. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I had a horrible May at the dealership. And when you work on 100% commission, if you don’t produce, what can be a very … more
Well, it’s not huge, sprayed hair, or cod pieces, or swallowing live goldfish. So as far as trends go, it ain’t too bad. Organization. In my old house, we had lived there for more than … more
This week’s columns were inspired by two things: time and friendship. In the last 18 months, there have been numerous Brobdingnagian changes to my life. Pretty much everything that could change, … more
“Like Chrissie making tartar sauce.” Many years ago, our family friend and The Kid’s brother-figure Chef Chrissie arrived from Chicago for a visit. Having, at one time lived in the North … more
My little brother is a ridiculously picky eater (now an adult, he blames it on his “problematic” digestion). But growing up, he was so fussy about his eats, my mom basically made two meals … more
Spanakopita Recipe from themediterraneandish.com For the spinach and feta filling: 16 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well-drained 2 bunches flat-leaf parsley, stems trimmed, finely … more
A school on a military base is almost always an above-average school. When we lived in Puerto Rico, the on-base school was the finest school in the area. It was also one of the few schools in the … more
I have to credit my dad for my love of eggs. Growing up, my mom did almost all of the cooking, but on weekends, dad would sometimes make breakfast. Oatmeal, biscuits, pancakes, and, for some crazy … more
I have to admit, Gentle Reader, that I don’t have the time to cook like I used to. Some days, it’s all I can do is chop some stuff and have a salad, maybe, if I’m lucky have a ripe avocado and … more
My mom makes no secret that she is not an enthusiastic cook. Growing up, she kept us well fed (“well fed” is an extreme understatement; she kept the neighborhood and even strangers on the … more
I really upset The Kid. We were talking, and I revealed where Darbie and I had lunch on Friday. It just happened to be two of my child’s favorite eateries — Chubby’s Tacos and Menchie’s … more
Happy Spring, Gentle Reader. To say I’m conflicted about this time of year is an understatement, like saying “Florida Man” gets up to a little mischief is an understatement. It is my … more
Gentle Reader, you have accompanied me on my ongoing voyage of change and self-transformation; heck, you guys even were part of the first meal I prepared at my new digs for The Kid and me. Well … more
My friend Darby asked me if I wanted to go to a vintage craft fair with her in a place called Fletcher, N.C. I said sure; I love vintage, crafts, and fairs. I assumed it was a tiny town nearby. … more
In California, it’s called “Cost Plus,” which is a lame name if you ask me and doesn’t even begin to hint at the wonders contained within the four walls of those stores. Here in the … more
I’m not a chili fan. Never sat in front of a bowl of red with anticipation. Wendy’s chili moves me not. Keep that mess away from my dog, I’m a sauerkraut girl. The Kid feels pretty much the … more
It was getting ever louder, but in a seemingly orchestrated moment — the kind of moment that happens in movies but never actually in real life — the restaurant went quiet. Out of the silence … more
It happened because The Kid had to miss dinner. My child was coming over for supper because I wanted to share the greatest moo goo gai pan in the history of moo goo gai pan. For the … more
For people who’ve never eaten at my mother’s bounteous table, I have an extremely important piece of advice: when offered seconds, if you want a lot more, say you want a little more. If you … more
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