Category Archives: cooking

Ida’s oatmeal cookies

My mother was not a cook of any kind. She wanted to be a modern American woman (her parents were immigrants from Romania) and felt progressive and vogue with her TV dinners and Campbell soups. My husband’s mother, on the … Continue reading

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Michelangelo’s Shopping List…

…for his cook who was illiterate.

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Recipe for a luscious evening

Yes, we’re foodies. Unabashedly so. Last night we went to Kendall College’s Dining Room, a Chicago culinary college’s restaurant where graduating students perform their culinary magic under the auspices of alumna Chef Kim. Though one orders what one wants off … Continue reading

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Pot le gel

My Romanian grandmother (my mother’s mother) used to make this dish and when I was young, I hated it. My mother would put great big dollops of it on her salad instead of dressing or slather it across thick slices … Continue reading

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Creative culinary inspiration

Summer is the time for creative culinary inspiration, especially because there is time and energy to spend in the garden and the kitchen. Last night’s dish was Cuban Black Beans atop a stir fry of Asian Vegetables on a bed … Continue reading

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Recipe for relationship

IB and his girlfriend are taking a road trip to Virginia and North Carolina and we are lending them our car. In thanks for our generosity, they cooked us a most amazing meal last night. Broiled mackerel, konbucha (not pictured), … Continue reading

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German Chocolate Cake

I have never been a good baker. I am definitely a terrific cook, but baking has always challenged me. I think this is true in part because in cooking there is a lot of leeway and room for creativity, but … Continue reading

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