Salvatores Sandwich

Salvatore’s Sandwich

There are two things I remember clearly about Salvatore — his nose and his sandwiches. Let me explain. Every weekday at 11:30 a.m. Mrs. Lang (our second grade teacher) would walk two lines of children (boys on the left, girls on the right) away from the small pod of elementary school classrooms that surrounded an […]

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mint lemonade

In Search of the Abu Dhabi Lemon Mint

It wasn’t until I had been in Abu Dhabi for almost a full day that I truly realized just how far I had traveled to be there. It was just about to be 5:00 am and despite the fact that I had to be at a meeting in four hours, I hadn’t slept all night […]

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drinking chocolate

Drinking Chocolate

My first job when I graduated from culinary school was a temporary position at the historic 21 Club.  I was hired to work during the busiest time of year (Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Restaurant Week), at times serving between three and four hundred desserts during a single dinner service.  I gladly took the position, knowing […]

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tea leaves

The Way of Tea

“…The first bowl washed the cobwebs from my mind – The whole world seemed to sparkle. A second cleansed my spirit Like purifying showers of rain, A third and I was one of the Immortals…” Excerpt from the poem “The Way of Tea” by Chio Jen (Tang Dynasty) I keep forgetting to fix my tea […]

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corn on the cob

Husking Corn

There is only one thing that I think about when I stand in my kitchen husking corn…my father.  Particularly, the way he used to send my two sisters and I to sit on the wooden steps that faced the back yard of our childhood home and pick what seemed like hundreds of ears of corn […]

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heirloom tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

It was hot today: the type of hot that makes your bare skin beautiful with glittering jewels of sweat and leaves you feeling strangely sensual. It is in this type of heat that you realize your thirst, both physical and metaphorical, has not been quenched. And, it is in this heat that I wandered around the greenmarket, looking for […]

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