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My Chance Meeting With Mario Batali: An (Almost) Dream Come True

I just met Mario Batali walking on a street in downtown Ann Arbor.  It was a dream come true.  Well, almost.  My real dream is to have Mario as a … Continue reading

October 1, 2014 · 23 Comments

Spring Break with Peel-And-Eat Yucatan Shrimp

Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There’s shrimp kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, … Continue reading

May 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

My Mid-Life Crisis Love Affair: Raw Oysters

For most of my life, I hated raw oysters. Or so I thought. I think it was my experience with an “oyster shooter” in college, which apparently was not a … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · 37 Comments

Baking Apple Pies Like Julia Roberts

In the ‘90s movie “Sleeping with the Enemy,” Julia Roberts plays a woman who fakes her death to escape an abusive husband. She moves to a small town under a … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · 23 Comments

I’ll Have the Usual: Why We All Need A Favorite Neighborhood Diner

There are some things we all need to live a content and comfortable life: Someone who loves you (even if it is just your mom). Cozy bedding that coaxes uninterrupted … Continue reading

October 21, 2013 · 15 Comments

I Never Will Forget Those Nights, I Wonder If It Was a Dream

Nobody on the road, Nobody on the beach. I feel it in the air, The summer’s out of reach. (“The Boys of Summer,” Don Henley)  best dinner ever Here it … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · 31 Comments

The Results: Top Three Things In Your Refrigerators

When I asked “What Three Things Are Always In Your Refrigerator?,” it really struck a chord. Apparently, we all have a deep-down yearning to fling open our metal and vacuum-sealed … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 9 Comments

What Three Things Are Always In Your Refrigerator?

In every issue, Bon Appétit magazine features a Q&A with a celebrity asking about his or her quirky food habits and favorite things to eat. Until a few years ago, … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 289 Comments

Pho without the Funk

The first time I tried pho (pronounced “fuh”), a Vietnamese beef soup with noodles, I was grossed out. I was a college student living in San Jose, Calif., and had … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 17 Comments

Food is Love: Pasta with Sauce and Meatballs

They say food is love. Especially the Italians. As if this fact needs proof, consider where my Aunt Rose recently found some childhood letters I’d sent to my Grandmother Vincentia. … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 21 Comments