Popcorn and a Movie: Revisiting a ‘Big Night’

“To eat good food,” says Italian chef Primo in the 1996 film, “Big Night,” “is to be close to God.”

And truthfully, over the 20 years since I first saw this movie, I have said, again and again, that my idea of heaven was the kitchen where Primo, played by Tony Shaloub and his brother, . . . → Read More: Popcorn and a Movie: Revisiting a ‘Big Night’

Bread of the Month: Feeling focaccia at the fingertips

I have always been able to make sense out of things (somewhat) by writing about them. Even still, lately, I have had trouble writing.

It made no sense and yet perfect sense that on a rainy November evening, while I received the news of a loss of life as close to my own as any, . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Feeling focaccia at the fingertips

Bread of the Month: Filling the heart -- with jam

“The Heart wants what it wants, “ poet Emily Dickinson wrote, “– or else it does not care.”

My heart, or at least the scones I made into hearts, wanted jam, and who was I to deny them? Scones and jam have gone together since the clocks could strike three and mean teatime. And . . . → Read More: Bread of the Month: Filling the heart — with jam

Lacing a pear pie with rosemary

Be wary entering the pages of Southern Living magazine. You may be entranced to the point of pie-making.

Take me, for example. A couple years ago, I was given a copy of the Thanksgiving issue of Southern Living by a colleague. A year hence, I was not only a subscriber but rolling out a cheddar . . . → Read More: Lacing a pear pie with rosemary

Warming the soul with minestrone soup

Sometimes, nothing else but soup will do. As the whole country has been enshrouded in cold and darkness this winter, why not make up a soup fit to fight this foe?

I’ve been spoiled by homemade soups these past few years, as I am fortunate enough to work where a fabulous cook whips up . . . → Read More: Warming the soul with minestrone soup

Snacking on zesty nut mix

The phenomenon of reaching for the crunchy/salty in times of need — stress, depression, boredom, etc. — is not new. Studies have shown that the crunchy/salty elevates the mood, with both a texture and taste satisfaction. Thus, popcorn and other crispy sorts have always been high on my list. And nuts! Who cannot love them? . . . → Read More: Snacking on zesty nut mix