Out of the Heartland…

…Come the simplest yet most satisfying of foods.  One of my absolute favorites is corn on the cob.  What could be more ordinary, right?  Wrong.  Like so many things in life, it’s all in the presentation.  When I was a kid, we had a corn patch on our farm and I would be sent out on a summer day to pick a couple dozen ears and bring them in for lunch.  That was all we would eat – a corn […]


You say garbanzo, I say chickpea…

A funny thing happened on the way to this recipe (if you can call it a recipe – it’s really just a “how to shell a garbanzo bean” story).  I wanted to make a crispy, salty chickpea snack to go with the sangria.  There are lots of recipes for chickpea snacks out there and I tried several of them with canned chickpeas.  They were all…  how can I put it?   Lousy.  Mushy, over-spiced, – nothing I would serve to a […]


It’s Summertime

“it’s a smile, it’s a kiss, it’s a sip of wine … it’s summertime!” — Kenny Chesney In the interest of keeping a simple picnic simple, here is my offering for a summer cocktail. Again, there are lots of beautiful red, white and blue cocktails out there made with rum and other lethal liqueurs to give them their color. They also give the worst imaginable hangovers, and after a certain age one weighs the hangover against the allure of the […]


The Glorious Fourth

It’s easy to get carried away by the Fourth of July. The weather is good, the produce is plentiful and luscious – and, hey, it’s a long weekend.  What’s not to love?  It’s wholly joyful, and a day that should be shared with others, whether you’re at the beach, in a backyard, or on a rooftop deck. Over the next few posts I’ll be offering up the makings of an easy picnic, beginning with my Great-Grandmother Rogers’ fried chicken recipe. […]