Category Archives: holidays

Feast of the Seven Fishes

I like reality that tastes like bread. Jean Anouilh Enough with the jokes about garlic and overeating. Its time to recognize Italian home cooking, Italian-American cooking, not as coarse overabundance but for its subtle sparking of flavors, its seasonal sensibility, … Continue reading


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Whether you celebrate Christmas religiously or with retail, I hope you’ll also take a moment to relax with friends and family and perhaps enjoy some special food. I have to admit, I don’t make strufoli every year, but during this … Continue reading

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An exhibition, not a contest, so…no wagering

I know some people treat cookie swaps as contests, but ours is more an excuse to get together, drink champagne, and laugh. Everyone lays out their contributions on the table–I find it easier to enter a party with a task, … Continue reading

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Cookie Swap

Half the fun of cookie swap (for me) is coming up with the invitation. This year I was inspired by the best. How’d I do? (I had help from my photoshop expert)   Wish you all could come!

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It’s Indian Pudding Season, Motherf***ers

McSweeneys and Colin Nissan, please don’t sue me. Ok, there’s no need to get aggressive, but I continue to believe that this dessert has not gotten its due. And while we mark Thanksgiving with a huge basin of this mess, … Continue reading

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Happy Independence Day

This menu, served on the S. S. Atlantic on July 4, 1963, displays the kind of happy United States history we’ve come to know is a fraction of the story. And check out the menu–more creativity in the word play … Continue reading

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Springtime Food Traditions at the Sandy Spring Museum

  A fun time last night at the Sandy Spring Museum, talking about springtime food traditions. A close look  at the seasonal cycles, the foods we eat, and the holidays we celebrate, reveals ancient fears of famine and death. From Demeter and … Continue reading

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Cookbook Digest–Ocean’s Best

We’ll be celebrating on Christmas Eve this year with a Seven Fishes dinner–a symbolic holiday meal that is meant to be a lean abstention from red meat. But leave it to Italian-Americans (or any humans, for that matter) to turn … Continue reading

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Shop, Cook, Eat New York

I think you know that when an American stays away from New York too long something happens to him. Perhaps he becomes a little provincial, a little dead and afraid. Sherwood Anderson New York is a great Christmas city–maybe you’re … Continue reading

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Some Things Never Change

And thank goodness for that! As you know it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at our house without fragrant, warm bowls of Indian Pudding, with a lump of vanilla ice cream sledding down the side. Molasses–check, milk–check, cornmeal–check. We’re ready and loyal to … Continue reading

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