Yes, we have no bananas!
Une banane. Back in the early 2000s, I stumbled on a Bananas Foster recipe. I think it was the flambé that got me - so primal, yet elegant. Butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, Creme de Banana, bananas and then the rum, the match and voilà! We served it over creamy vanilla ice cream. We liked it so much that first time that we decided to make it the next night and then again and again until we...
A Christmas without kielbasa?
Fresh kielbasa. I’ve eaten the same meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for my entire life. On Christmas Eve we celebrate Wigilia, the traditional Polish meatless (and colorless) dinner of cod, boiled shrimp, boiled potatoes, sauerkraut, lima beans, pierogi and rye bread. A delicious meal, despite the preponderance of beige, and one I look forward to all year long. For Christmas Day...
Ho! Ho! Ho! and I don't mean Santa Claus
I love music just as much as I love food. And music that is about food is double the love. Most food songs use the food as a metaphor for sex, but sometimes the songs can be just campy or weird. Today, while driving to pick up the boys from school, I heard one of my all time favorite songs about food - “Jolly Green Giant” by The Kingsmen. The song was recorded in 1965 and it actually...
Boredom heals the sick
Is this the face of a sick kid? Whenever our home phone rings in the middle of the day, it’s usually a telemarketer or the boys’ school. When it’s the school, it’s one of two things - they’re sick or in trouble. We haven’t had any trouble in awhile, so this time it was sick. Whether or not they are truly sick, the school won’t chance it. They make the...
E & O and the oven. What’s in the oven? Is mom baking cookies, cakes or a pie? The world needs more monocles. Nope. Shrinky dinks!
We are having meat for dinner
I lie to my kids. Not just about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, but about food. Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “Truth is more important than the facts.” I’m going to co-opt this quote for the purposes of this blog entry. Asian carp in Shedd Aquarium - Brian Kaufman/Detroit Free Press I work at the Detroit Free Press, and this past summer, I helped produce a ...
Lunch bags - December 2011. Maybe my Xmas gift to E and O should be to subsidize the difference in the price of the Kroger bread and the artisan bread for one year. -Uncle Tom Prompted by my snarky brother’s post on Facebook, I caved. I took a coffee break from work and headed over to Avalon to buy, not the 1lb. loaf, but the 2lb. loaf of Farnsworth Farm Bread. At $6.50 a loaf,...
I want my kids to eat good, but not that good
The author in Florida - mid-70’s. We vacationed in Florida more Aprils than I can remember. My parents, my two brothers and I would pile into our banged-up Suburban and head south. We’d follow I-75 down through Toledo and Cincinatti past Lexington, Knoxville, Atlanta and Macon. We knew we were close when we hit Macon. We’d eventually end up in Clearwater Beach or Ft. Myers, or...
Ice cream now, leftovers later
Wedgewood Edme - the good dishes It started in the grocery store at the seafood counter. I pointed to the salmon in the display and told the clerk, “I’ll take those two pieces.” Evan turned from looking at the lobster tank and asked, “Are we having salmon tonight for dinner?” I said, “I’m having people over for dinner and we are having salmon.” ...