A sticky point in restaurant etiquette

Before I tell a short story, I’d like to relate the most simple analogy I can think of. No one would take their car to an auto repair shop with a set of brakes they had bought elsewhere and then demand that the mechanic install the brakes for free. Perhaps it’s easier to understand in […]

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Anatomy of a dish: Pawpaw Panna Cotta, Raspberry Gel, Savory Wafer

Having grown up in the sticks of Southern Indiana, it now seems that it was inevitable I would eventually grow an obsession with pawpaws. The largest true fruit native to the continental United States, it is also fabulously elusive, appearing on exotic-looking trees near creek beds and shady springs throughout Eastern North America. Making them […]

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Strawberries, not rhubarb

Paul called me after going to the Green City Market this morning (Saturday.) He picked up some fresh strawberries, but there was no rhubarb to be found — it’s going out of season. So we may have to drop the delicious rhubarb crumble from the dessert menu, and put the strawberry shortcake on instead. Mind […]

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Strawberry Fields

You can imagine my delight at the sight of large spreads of strawberries everywhere at the Green City Market this morning. It did present a problem: I had to pick someone’s strawberries, and they almost all looked great. Strawberries, like apples and many other fruits, come in countless cultivars, some better for fresh eating, others […]

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