Nose to Tail

My favorite dish, out of everything I’ve ever made or had made for me, has to be liver and onions. The very phrase makes many people cringe, with brutal memories of choking down poorly-prepared renditions at home, the army, or a relative's. Some people gag without even having tried it! But this dish represents to… Continue reading Nose to Tail

Steak and Gratitude

Who has not sometimes derived an inexpressible satisfaction from his food in which appetite had no share?” (Thoreau 117). ...the human desire to eat meat is not....a trivial matter, a mere gastronomic preference...Rather, our meat eating is something very deep indeed." (Pollan 315). I am not sure exactly what it is about beef steak that… Continue reading Steak and Gratitude

The Bounty and Beauty of Winter Farmer’s Markets

Lost Barn Farms root vegetables and garlic varieties. We finally made it to a Vermont farmer's market and we were utterly enchanted by the experience. I mistakenly thought that since we moved here in November, we had to wait to enjoy farmer's markets until the warmer months. But our new area is quietly bountiful even… Continue reading The Bounty and Beauty of Winter Farmer’s Markets

The Alchemy of Fat

Tomorrow is the winter solstice, but today it was mercifully warm in Vermont. As the old snow and ice coverings melt, disappear, and reappear in the fluctuating temperature, I am reminded of one of my favorite culinary pursuits: rendering fat. It's the perfect activity to symbolize this time of year because fat behaves and looks… Continue reading The Alchemy of Fat

Food Studies and Ecocriticism

Ecocritical literature...makes us conscious of our relationships to the natural world, to our humanity and our mortality...Food is universal and essential to life, just like death - and life and death is the engine of nature. Ecocriticism, a literary discipline, is perhaps the best thing to happen to food studies. Though it eludes simple definition,… Continue reading Food Studies and Ecocriticism

Woodfire Cooking

It is remarkable what a value is still put upon wood even in this age and in this new country, a value more permanent and universal than that of gold. After all our discoveries and inventions no man will go by a pile of wood.” Henry David Thoreau, Walden One of the purposes of this… Continue reading Woodfire Cooking