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Loving what you grew up with

Taste is such a complex affair. People perceive the flavors in a dish based not only on the balance of ingredients its cook has assembled, but with an emotional sensibility unique to each individual. Flavors ring bells, causing unconscious sense memories to zip around our … [Read more...]

Mother love

I remember with the greatest love and amusement the years my mother spent struggling to keep track of what foods her three daughters liked. One would eat hot dogs, but only with catsup, while it was mustard or nothing for another. Plain pasta for one, sauced for the other two. … [Read more...]

Brown rice

Every Thanksgiving for all the years of their marriage, my parents would get up very early to wrestle an enormous turkey into the oven so it'd be cooked before the sun set. They filled our holidays and every day of our lives with an abundance of food as though it was nothing – as … [Read more...]

With Cherries on Top

Last week, I found some delicious pasta sauce at Trader Joe's for cheap. Because it cost three times less than my previous reigning favorite ready-made marinara, I bought eight jars. Some people cherish their Manolo Blahniks, cars, and iPods, but I treasure food. Oh, I love … [Read more...]