“There is nothing like a visitor from another continent to confuse you about your own homeland…One night an Indian friend came to dinner…He asked me to help him figure out American cooking, at which point I drew a blank. He said: “I would like to cook some American dishes, but…

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Plum Liqueur

June 7, 2016

So, plum liqueur. I know, we just made cherry bounce. Why more booze? What gives? Do we have a problem? Well, yes. We have many problems. Who doesn’t? But this is a food blog, and we’re discussing the steeping of fruits in alcohol, not our various woes. Why so many?…

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Cherry Bounce

May 27, 2016

As Memorial Day draws nigh, I may be the only American blogger who isn’t discussing grilling, dining al fresco, or nattering on about the joys of summertime eating. Not that there’s anything wrong with grilling or the foods of summer. But if you’re hankering for yet another rib recipe, or…

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Sparkling Satsuma Aperitif

November 17, 2015

As a food blogger, I sometimes feel it incumbent on me to paint an autumnally mellow picture of holiday cheer. Scents of apple and cinnamon wafting from the oven, mulled cider bubbling atop the hob, an artisanal bird plumping in its brine. This isn’t that post. Yesterday my right elbow…

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Summer Fruit Cordials

August 12, 2015

    I love to drink. The above sentence is a rule-breaker.  Grammarians frown on beginning sentences with “I”.  The anti-temperance league frowns on drinking. So do the D.A.R.E. folks, who were tabling outside the market where I bought bourbon this morning. And admitting a fondness for alcohol is unseemly, particularly if…

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