Crumbs

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I’m prone to guilt, coming as it does in crumbs and great big slices. Or sometimes as the entire pie. I feel it right...

Losing Taste Amid Coronavirus

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In my big Italian family, cooking together is a chaotic, noisy, raucous production. We bump into each other, fight over the accompanying playlist, and...

Molasses Meanderings

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A few weeks into the COVID-19 pandemic, I was craving molasses. Like many others, I sure had time to bake. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates started it....

Appetite

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My husband Will told me that he once stood at the kitchen sink to eat a pig’s foot. He had followed a recipe from...

Appliances

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On Tuesday the latch knob hurtles off the toaster, startles me, small silver bullet of the morning. On Wednesday, pressing down the lever, I flinch and take...

Pandemics and Pasta: Sustenance in the Viral Age

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Tonight, I am roasting ripe Heirloom tomatoes with onions, garlic, and olive oil in a 400-degree-oven while a blend of mushrooms, garlic, and white...

Baking for the Masses

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“Bakers, welcome back to another round of Baking for the Masses!” The host beamed at the contestants, gaze sliding just above the level of...

Butter

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Long ago, when I was a child, when my grandmother was a good deal younger than I am now, I loved watching her make...

Kinship

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On the evening of Valentine's Day, 2019, Marisa, Arianna and I gathered at Kinship where Marisa worked as a hostess. She had just left...

My Last Brisket

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Although born and raised Jewish, I have never made a good brisket. Today as I hopped around in the swimming pool with my fellow...