a kitchen of her own

Virginia Woolf said, "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction." After five years of shared kitchens, I'm finally back in my own space. One hundred and seventeen square feet of butter-tiled, oak floored hearth on Lexi

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Did I dream this book?

Update: Metafilter found it. The Decadent Cookbook is found as well.On first read this book, purchased from the dusty shelves of Community Thrift several years ago, appalled me. Chapter after chapter of recipes for things that should never be eaten. Women, rare birds. Wolves. Unspeakable things.There were two male authors with obvious pseudonyms....

An informal banquet

This week I have made myself a challenge: for my birthday I'm planning a champagne potluck.The bubbles isn't so challenging, but i was inspired by the rabbity Chinese new year when making invitations, which led to noticing a thin china plate with a red rim, and then sifting through every single dish at Goodwill to build a mismatched set. Chinese...

We are each whole ecosystems.

A while ago, someone told me "I love you." For the first time. In an email.I said this, approximately.Thank you for your email. It's nice, and hard, to know more about how you feel. I don't really understand you motivations for sharing what you've said. Your words are both generous and prickly. One way I hear it is "I love you, but I'm not going to...

Platinum and pinkening quince.

Thanksgiving feels like a lifetime ago. Fava vines are now greening the back fence. The Meyer lemon tree bounty has me in a perpetual state of mild anxiety, afraid the splayed branches will fracture under the weight of the fruit. The herb boxes are repotted and lush. The dishes, silver and linens in the photo above are packed in newspaper, deep away....

Rootbound.

I woke at dawn. Mauve, foggy, longing to spin a paddle and drag myself through the waves. Pissed at engineers for their willful ignorance of human existence. For the cruel mythologies they write about life and communication. Ethics, gentlemen. Ethics. Your lives and the platforms you build should not be strangers. Where is the Hippocratic Oath of platform...

Makers Faire 2009: Homegrown Village

This weekend, May 30-31, 2009, I'll be at my 4th Maker Faire, with a booth all of my own. I'll be testing out Kitchen Talk, a concept where I answer food questions. Here's how I described it:As part of the Homegrown / FarmAid project, Rachel offers a know-it-all / reference librarian/ Car Talk style booth to answer any kitchen question participants...

Fiddleheads in spring mud.

One spring, I will host a dinner deep in the forest.A dozen guests, formal attire, candles, white table cloth, old silverware. I'll serve wild boar and venison, fiddleheads and ramps, piles of buttery mushrooms. Our shoes will get muddy. It's possible that we'll sleep in the bushes.Maybe I'll do this spring dinner with Iso Rabins.

Forty margaritas on a taco safari

Recipe:1.75 litres of Cazadores Gold3.5 cups of Grand Marnier2 quarts backyard Meyer lemon juice (about 30 pounds of lemons)10lb ice.Plus:4 dozen half pint Mason jars in original boxesOne rolling suitcase, the sort that is the max size for fitting in an overhead bin40 cocktail napkinsFor Garnish:One lemon2 shallow lidded containers of rim stuff (one...

Made this week.

Handkerchief pasta with fiddlehead ferns, morels and ramps (x2)Panna cotta from @davidlebowitzLucca ravioli and meat sauceStanding lamb rib roast and lamb shoulder with lavender salt over baby savoy, baby artichokes and baby carrotsRicotta cheesecake with red walnut and matzoh meal crust and candied blood orangesStewed strawberries and rhubarb with...

Concisely, a summary of all I know.

‘If you are careful,’ Garp wrote, ‘if you use good ingredients, and you don’t take any shortcuts, then you can usually cook something very good. Sometimes it is the only worthwhile product you can salvage from a day; what you make to eat. With writing, I find, you can have all the right ingredients, give plenty of time and care, and still get nothing....

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