Category Archives: memoir

Family stories about food

Lemon Pudding Adapted for Passover

If you’re keeping Kosher for Passover, you already trotted out your standard recipes at the seder. Now comes the drudgery of making lunch with matza and boiled eggs, then dinner with leftover brisket. That’s why I looked through my family … Continue reading

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Appalachian Apples for All

I’m in the midst of moving to a new home in the Boston area, which means I’ve temporarily lost track of my favorite cookbooks and family recipes. Yet in the midst of filling boxes, I’ve found unexpected treasures like this … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Saucy ‘Snap’ Beans

When I was growing up in Richmond, Virginia, my grandmother always called green beans “snaps,” short for snap beans.

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Havin’ a Fit of Spring Fever

An unruly but quite productive rhubarb plant grows in my yard in Boston, so I’m always looking for ideas beyond my standard strawberry-rhubarb jam. I found this one in Signs of Good Taste by Ann Meade Besenfelder (2000), a book … Continue reading

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Grandma’s Healthy Sweets from the 1910s

Dates, nuts, flour, and eggs – what could be simpler and healthier than my Grandma Bertie’s Date Strips?

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A Bright Brunch Cocktail

Because I’m a runner, my brunch beverage of choice is usually Gatorade, but once in awhile it’s fun to set a festive table without resorting to the Bloody Mary and Mimosa standards. This recipe for San Francisco Cocktail comes from … Continue reading

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Icicles and Parsnip Chowder

One way to cope with the recent snowy spell in New England would be to make a batch of tropical cocktails. But for once, I decided to go along with it. I headed out on cross-country skis before work and … Continue reading

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