Thank you for everything, my souper little dumpling

Thank you for everything, my souper little dumpling

On a kitchen table that had seen so many culinary triumphs (mostly at the hands of my offspring), my daughter Molly notched another big one as the last hours ticked away from a tumultous year. Ignoring, or maybe inspired by, all the tumult around her, Molly sat down and serenely rolled, cut, stuffed and folded [...]

Baby Mine

Baby Mine

I once spent the 11 days before Christmas rocking my two-year old daughter Molly while she sat limply in my lap, feverish and hoarsely demanding I sing "Baby Mine." So, I did. Over and over. Every time she fell asleep, I'd try to ease us both off that chair and she'd lift her head and [...]

Au tres bon pain

Au tres bon pain

Does anyone else remember how good the Grand Avenue Mall used to smell back in the ‘80s when it was fresh and new and the perfect place through which a poor college student could follow her nose? I do. I remember exactly how good Au Bon Pain smelled back in the 80s because my whole [...]

Cherry season

Cherry season

Some seasons seem to pass more quickly than others, maybe because they are so sweet. Cherry season, for instance, rolls in gently on a cloud of soft, pink petals, produces bright red bursts of tasty fruit and disappears too soon, leaving behind an ordinary tree -- still sturdy, still useful, but far less interesting. Houses [...]

The kids are kickin’ some keister in their quarantine kitchens

The kids are kickin’ some keister in their quarantine kitchens

From their teeny, tiny kitchens across the country, my adult kids are kickin' some keister in their kitchens. It has been amusing, amazing, heart mending and mouth watering to see. They are whipping up fluffy biscuits, deep friend chicken with homemade aioli, thin and crispy scallion pancakes, hand-patted tortillas, homemade mole, pulled chicken, pineapple cookies, [...]