• Fika & Wild Swans in Stockholm

    Ah, midsummer.  The harsh ways of the world won't find you if you are near Nordic water, swans, and fika as summer solstice dawns.  That's where I was last year - travelin' solo in the Swedish archipelago - and I thought I was turning 56 on my mid-summer birthday.  My family later corrected me - ...

  • To London, With Love

    Borough Market in London was an early stop when I started this blog in 2015.  Today, in the aftermath of a deadly terrorist attack, my heart goes out to all the people of London and their beautiful city. Here are photos from Borough Market and its environs on happier days. ...

  • Fried Chicken & Food Market Gypsy TV Cooking Class

    This is not just fried chicken, but very crispy, buttermilk-soaked, fried chicken adapted from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc recipe.  We made it LIVE on Facebook and you can see the video here or on YouTube.  We were live but the chicken, alas, was not. 1 whole chicken, cut up into frying parts 3 cups buttermilk 6 cups canola oil 2 ...

  • Reubens & the Women’s March in Cincinnati

    Cincy was my sports town in the days of Pete Rose and Johnny Bench.  We rolled in from the nearby hills of northern Kentucky where my family ran a local newspaper.  Folks, this was going to the city.  I still associate Cincinnati with ball park peanuts, fountains, and German-influenced culinary fare. It was easy to ...

  • Cocoa Cookies in Pasadena

    At the 10th Los Angeles Chocolate Salon, many chocolate configurations were on display: bon bons, chocolate vinegar, chocolate sauces, chocolate wine, chocolate: pure, bitter, sweet.  My own little table in this chocolate universe included books & this blog, a plate of Cocoa Cookies with Chocolate Buttercream as samplers, and Scandinavian Salt & Pepper Cookies to ...

  • Cacao in Hawaii

    You don't get to see cacao pods in the USA unless you go to Hawaii, and even there they a rare sight. Cacao trees (from whence, of course, chocolate) Chocolates by Susie Norris - Photo by Jennifer Martine are cultivated only sporadically around the Hawaiian Islands. But Tony Lydgate of Steel Grass Farm on Hawaii's garden ...

  • Southern Green Beans in Appalacia

    Late-summer cicadas craft the music of Kentucky with long rattling notes. My borrowed tee shirt has familiar Ashland Tomcats on the front. I don't remember ever having such a shirt yet it feels like mine. How did I conjure teenage dreams that led me up and out of this mountain town? How did I crawl ...

  • Tomato Pie in the Hudson Valley

    Ruth Reichl's emotion-filled cookbook My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life includes a recipe inspired by James Beard's Tomato Pie.  She developed it and many others in the farm-to-table communities of The Berkshires and The Hudson Valley, havens for markets, farmstands and neighbors who drop by to share the riches of their gardens.  ...

  • Love & Lox in Norway

    I don't fall in love easily beyond an occasional cashmere sweater at an end-of-season sale.  When I go someplace new and beautiful and hear my vagabond voice say "maybe you should quit your job and live here instead?",  I can usually shut that bratty inner child right up.  What about your family? Your friends? The ...