Category: cooking

Simply Insane

An interview with the fabulous I’M NOT RIGHT IN MY HEAD!

A Drink While Putting the Garden to Bed

Today’s chore is to crawl and stoop about the beds to haul in Ms. Johann’s final harvest.

The Pie Plate of Tears

Reader, now is the time to remember that this is an anti-perfect food blog.

A Fellow Traveler in the Mental Food World!

I’m not right in the head and I cant believe I did this blogs could be on the same joy ride.

The Case for Suet

For years, I quietly mourned how the absence of suet deprived me of the complete memory of a time when everyone in my family gathered around an evening meal, secure in knowing together what the rest of the week held for us.

Booya for Everyone!

Certain American dishes are best made for a crowd. Take, for instance, Brunswick stew and booya. They’re brewed most often in the fall, with a traditional base built on whatever a hunter brings home.

Sleepy Apple Pie

I discovered the medicinal benefits of apple pie while writing a book. It’s in the way the softened apples melt into a buttery crust and forms a kind of batting around the mind and a stilling weight to the body that almost always quiets any lingering residue of wattage that disturbs my rest.

Words of Wisdom From My Favorite Chef!

This little fellow has gotten me through a lot of dark cooking disasters and life’s little challenges.

Sort of Ms. Johanna’s Carrot Cake

You can ask as many times as you want and use all the interviewing tricks you know but she won’t give you the recipe. “They’d go ahead and screw it up and then it’d be ‘oh, Ms. Johanna’s cake isn’t good at all,’ all over around here.”

A Fig Story

There are tastes that linger in memory–good and bad, those you hunger for or avoid the rest of your life. My first bite of a fig is among the great ones.