• Old & New Nordic in Iceland

    Reykjavik is not a cheap-eats town. As trawlers, seiners, barges and battered military ships churned in and out of the icy, early-winter marina, bowls of fish stew from the dock shacks cost as much as a steakhouse dinner in the states. This wild island, this legendary home of Vikings who could weather any hardship, offered ...

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies … Chef-Style

    Leave it to The New Yorker to produce a charming article on the history of the famous Chocolate Chip Cookies known as Toll House.The recipe is an historic, uniquely American keeper. And yet we've all been to that bake sale with a plate of chocolate chip cookies that didn't quite work out - pancake-like, melted ...

  • Farm-to-Table Tableaux in the Berkshires

    I've been photographing what is beautiful to me in The Berkshires for a long time, including plenty of farms and tables. My town in this western region of Massachusetts began as Shawenon, named for a Mohican chief who had an eye for gentle majesty. Egremont view of Mount Everett, known as "The Dome" The 1780's-ish dairy ...

  • 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 the 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 ...