Category Archives: Appetite

Chasing Perfection

As a hopeless perfectionist, I find delight in telling you that the below-described cake has absolutely no flaws. Having said that, it’s probably healthier if I also admit that it took me two attempts to attain said perfection. (And, okay, that it took me about ten minutes to write those two sentences.) I first read […]

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No Reason to Refuse

Late last week, I was at the end of my rope. I couldn’t imagine spending another minute inside, staring at a computer screen or filing documents. It was almost eighty degrees, with cherry blossoms adorning every other tree and the dogwoods in full bloom, and by Thursday there was nothing I needed more than to […]

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Wok This Way

There was no experience in my childhood that prepared me for the campus dining hall. I dutifully packed my brown-bag lunch till the day I graduated from high school, only entering the lunch line for an occasional order of French fries. My parents were both excellent from-scratch cooks who inspired the same spirit in me, […]

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A Whisk and a Pour

Weekend mornings are supposed to be a calm affair. There’s no throwing of alarm clocks against the wall, no bleary-eyed preparation of brown-bag lunches, no chaining yourself to a coffee thermos to power through the first hours of the morning. No, the morning doesn’t seem cruel when it finds you on Saturday or Sunday. The […]

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Grate Expectations

As an ethnic Jew with no serious investment in the religion, Chanukah means one thing to me, and one thing only: latkes! In college, I had a wonderful roommate who, having also fallen from the graces of the Tribe, shared my latke-centric outlook on the holiday. One year, she suggested we spread the love to […]

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