October 2012

Reading My Way to Straight Up Food

October 30, 2012

When I was growing up, my mother used to say, “If you can read, you can cook.” So from the very start of my cooking career, I carefully poured over the instructions in the Betty Crocker’s Cookbook for Boys and Girls, certain if I followed the instructions faithfully, my creations would turn out. This was reinforced […]

Read the full article →

Setting the Table

October 26, 2012

Once upon a time, the family story went, when I was 3 years old, my parents and grandparent took me out to a meal at a fancy restaurant. It was the very last year of the 50’s, most likely, so “fancy” meant a white tablecloth, real silver, napkins folded in fancy ways and unfolded and […]

Read the full article →