food

A Thanksgiving scenario

A Thanksgiving scenario

Wouldn’t it be embarrassing if you were at a Thanksgiving celebration with smart and cultured people like college professors and opera singers and writers and astronomers, all of whom are connected to the best friends of the parents of someone you’re dating, and you accidentally sent a huge hunk of New Zealand cheddar flying across […]

Secret family recipes: the new rules

Secret family recipes: the new rules

It’s time to discuss family values and how they’ve disintegrated during the past fifty years. Take, for example, the matter of secret family recipes. There was a time when people respected secret family recipes and waited until marriage–a sacred institution that unites the culinary heritage of two families–to give them away. But in these immoral […]

Gourmet guilt

Gourmet guilt

Do any of the following sound familiar? A row of cookbooks, spines uncracked, lining a kitchen shelf A box full of untested recipes clipped from newspapers and magazines A link to scallion wild rice crepes with mushroom filling and red pepper sauce, bookmarked circa 2002? Everyone wants to be that person–the one who stops for […]

Not in philly anymore!

Not in philly anymore!

Revenge of the carbohydrates

Revenge of the carbohydrates

If people were after you, trying to turn you into chips, fries, hash browns, or a delicious pierogie, you’d probably wear a disguise too.

Pierogies everywhere

Pierogies everywhere

On Saturday night I ended up at the Bloomsburg Fair by accident, and many church ladies were there, cooking up these little pieces of homemade pierogie heaven. The first stand we visited had gourmet-style pierogies, with strange flavors like jalapeno, farmer’s cheese, and blueberry. The next stand was old school: potatoes only. Both were excellent, […]