Category Archives: food


Part of every traditional Japanese meal includes Tsukemono, Japanese pickles (literally “pickled things”). They add a piquant flavor to the meal and are perfect digestives. They usually are brightly colored so they contribute aesthetically to the plate as well. It is … Continue reading

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Mrouzia for the New Year

Last night JB and I planned an extensive and delicious New Year’s meal, whose centerpiece was Mrouzia, a very important Morrocan dish usually served during Eid al-Adha, the Muslim Festival of the Sacrifice of Ishmael (the sacrifice of Isaac in … Continue reading

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Ah, Romanesco

Who would have thought that at my age, I had never before seen, let alone eaten, romanesco. My sister and I went to a farmer’s market in Ann Arbor last weekend and ran across these very alien-looking, otherworldly members of … Continue reading

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“One Hundred Foot Journey” as comfort food

This is one more for the food movie list–The One Hundred Foot Journey. Though entirely predictable, this movie felt great to watch with its visual lingerings on fabulous Indian and French cuisine and on the gorgeous produce in the French market … Continue reading

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Unexpected gifts are always the most savory

Over the last quarter century we have composted our food scraps, raising the soil in the backyard nearly 5 inches. Occasionally the compost doesn’t get hot enough so when we place the fresh soil out in the spring we get … Continue reading

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Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s “Summer”

Presently in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, this painting of “Summer” is from Arcimboldo’s original Four Seasons, painted in 1563. This is the only version with both the artist’s name and the date “woven” into the collar and shoulder of the … Continue reading

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Kale Quinoa Patties

We tried a new recipe last night— Kale Quinoa Patties. JB found the recipe online. These are the best vegetarian burgers ever. Very close to the texture and taste of hamburgers. We’re very excited to experiment with all kinds of … Continue reading

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