Most recently published stories in Feast.
My sister was impatient with my questions, but I needed her advice. I just had to know. "I don't see why you have to bring this up now. This is our weekly tennis game, and besides we're playing Paolo and his sister Francesca visiting from Italy. I want your head in the game. And can't you figure this out yourself?"
Dreaming through the Noise
I lower the needle. The opening line of soothing jazz wafts into the kitchen as the Sunday morning ritual commences. Life is a hodgepodge of sacred ceremonies.
I get in the car, stinking of hot oil, fried chicken, and whatever else got on me during my longer-than-normal shift that day. My legs are cramping, I have a mild headache, and I’m still irritated from being shorthanded at work and trying to figure out how to help cover shifts at work after too many people have called in because they were sick… or because they didn’t realize that their shift started and they needed to be in for said shift, despite being told when their shift was. I don’t know it but I’m going to get in the shower later in the evening and feel a mild stinging sensation as warm water hits several new grease burns on my forearms. I sigh and rub my temple, and my husband Pat looks at me.
1. Skillingsboller Skillingsboller is a traditional Norwegian version of a cinnamon roll. This circular pastry is usually associated with Bergen. The rolls are made with a combination of flour, milk, yeast, eggs, sugar, cardamom, lots of butter, and chopped almonds (optional).
1. Momo Dumplings Momo dumplings were traditionally only filled with minced meat, but nowadays, the fillings have diversified to include vegetables, dairy, or a combination of both. They are native to Tibet and have been brought to the Kathmandu Valley by traveling Newar merchants, and thus Nepal, where they consider them as their own.
Veganism is Taking Root
2021 is the year of veganism. While the practice has been on the rise for years, a record 500,000 people took part in Veganuary this year.
Bare Pantry Braised Beef Short Ribs
I'm blessed to be on an extended vacation on the East Coast of Canada. Joining daughter and wife to visit with her great big, beautiful family. I expect to have more stories to write about this trip, but now I'm going to write a little bit about food.
Solve the world's (or your own) problems
How do I find inner peace? What do I do when I am worried, sidetracked, uneasy or distraught? I pull out my organic baking chocolate and get to work!
Chocolate Ganache Chocolate ganache is made with chocolate and cream and is typically used for icings, sauces, or fillings for baked goods.
Inner Peace From a Caramelized Onion
Every time I cook onions, I think of the 1992 movie "Mr. Saturday Night" starring Billy Crystal and David Paymer. It was Crystal's directorial debut, and it got Paymer an Oscar nod. Crystal gave an interview detailing how the set designers made their kitchen set feel like a multigenerational kitchen. They cooked onions on it and even rubbed them into the walls. The smell of cooking onions triggered the actor's memories of warmth, home, and family.
Giving Up Salt
For my entire life, I had strangely low blood pressure. It was so low, in fact, that nurses would always take it twice when I went for a check up, believing the initial numbers must have been wrong. They would often tell me it was a wonder I was conscious.
Make Your Own Mini Cheesecakes
A cheesecake is still a cheesecake whether it is a mini one or an oversized one. Cheesecakes are tasty and delicious no matter what size they are. If you have a taste for cheesecake, take a few minutes and make your own in a variety of flavors.