Category Archives: What’s Out There Wednesday

Our First Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

I thought I’d share our first Thanksgiving as a married couple with you.

Although I’m the oldest I was the last to marry, so I had plenty of nieces and nephews to introduce Jan to on the first Thanksgiving she spent with my family. Now, I’m not really bragging when I say I was always the favorite uncle. Given the fact that all of my siblings were parents before I got married, they were accustomed to to being in the position of having to make the occasional unpopular decree to all of the children, like “don’t hit your brother” and “use your inside voice.” Real buzz kills. Continue reading

Why We Eat Organic

Why We Eat Organic

An Organic Start

When I was sixteen one of my aunts gave me a book on organic gardening. I’d just plowed up several rows of soil behind our little house in the suburbs and planted them with tomatoes, beans and bell peppers. That book was a real eye-opener for me. It made perfect sense that most if not all fertilizers were systemic, meaning that whatever you put on the outside of the plant makes its way inside the plant. Follow that logic and you begin to have a better appreciation for the phrase, “you are what you eat.”

So I happily became an organic gardener. I was proud of the fact that I was helping to provide clean vegetables for my family, but oddly enough it took years for me to think about how the food that I purchased at a grocery store was grown or treated. That blind spot also encompassed every meal I had when eating out. Continue reading

What’s Out There Wednesday

Once a week we share some of the food related things we are interested in. This will sometimes include links to recipes from other bloggers, articles about food in general, and perhaps even the occasional review of a kitchen tool. For now, at least, I’m calling this What’s Out There Wednesday.

For this first installment I’d like to highlight a few of the food bloggers that have inspired me these past few years. These are blogs that I visit not only for the recipes and gorgeous food photos, but for the writing as well.

david-lebovitzCelebrated cookbook author¬†David Lebovitz has one of the oldest food blogs out there. A former pastry chef at Chez Panisse in San Francisco, CA, he now lives in Paris, France. David brings a pastry chef’s eye for detail to all of his recipes, both sweet and savory, and writes with humor and candor about living in one of the greatest (and sometimes not so great) cities in the world.¬†One of the first recipes I cooked from David’s site (and the reason I now own a few of his cookbooks) was Roast Chicken With Caramelized Shallots, and as simple, juicy, and delicious as it was, what impressed me the most about it was the fact that Continue reading