Sometimes Mistakes Are Made

I consider myself a decent home cook and my friends and family seem to truly enjoy the fruits of my labor. They just assume that everything I cook will turn out well and that is generally true – mostly because I do not serve them the mistakes … except my poor hubby who goes along…

Rolling with the Punches

Memorial Day 2021 started as a beautiful day with mild temperatures and pretty skies. I curled up on the chaise tucked on the covered porch, a book in one hand and a glass of rose in the other, listening to the vibrant yard around me. Bees and hummingbirds were happily buzzing the abundance of spring…

Stir-Frying to the Sky’s Edge

A long time ago in a land far away … OK, it was the early 90’s in Boston … I was a young mother married to a graduate student so our meager resources meant we had to be frugal with our purchases and live a simple lifestyle. Garage sales were our favorite store! I happened…

Rules for A (Vegetable) Garden

The winter months are moving along. The days are getting longer. Soon we will be in late-winter, early spring. What this means for many of us, me included, is we are planning our summer vegetable gardens. We are asking ourselves, what types of vegetables, herbs and fruits should we grow, where, when and how much….

New Year’s Resolutions for 2021

I have been thinking about this for a while.  With life totally upside down due to Covid-19, how do we decide what our new year’s resolutions will be for 2021?  Should we have two sets of resolutions, one for continuation of life during the Covid-19 pandemic and another one for our lives post the Covid-19 vaccine?  It is…

Kitchen Travels

There have been many difficult adjustments made during the pandemic. One of the hardest for me has been curtailing my wanderlust. I love to travel, whether exploring my state, neighboring states, throughout the country (I’ve visited 47 states!) or other countries. I love the open road and I love awakening on another continent after an…

Special Restaurants

Restaurants often hold a special place in our hearts and memories. Perhaps it was the site of a first date or a marriage proposal; perhaps a celebration of a new baby; perhaps it was catching up with old friends or a job offer. We all have that special place that harkens back to happy times…

Trust In the Time of COVID-19

Trust. It’s a rare commodity these days. The lack of trust in our institutions – be that government, academic, religious, corporate, political – has come to a head in this tumultuous summer of COVID and civil unrest. We form an opinion, we then seek affirmation from whatever source will provide it and there are now…

What I’ve Learned, So Far, About Cooking In The Age Of COVID-19

When I think about writing about cooking in the age of COVID-19, I realized this could go in many directions. For example, I could write about the challenges of grocery shopping, a subject that could be the basis for several blogs and/or commentaries (essential workers and suppliers that have kept groceries available and stores open,…

Pot Pie

Pot Pie I grew up in rural Colorado. Really rural, like at the end of a dirt road in a ghost town. The 9,200 elevation meant we had some mean winters; we were often snowed in or the temperatures were so prohibitively cold that we had to spend a few weeks indoors with a lot…

It Is March and Pepper Is Cooking Up A Storm

For many years now, Pixie and I have given each other cookbooks for birthdays and Christmas … and sometimes just for the hell of it. In fact, most of my cookbooks are gifts and most of those came from Pixie. We just like to read cookbooks! One of the jewels given quite a few years…

Pepper’s Year of Joyous Cooking in January

Pepper’s Year of Joyous Cooking – Alison Roman’s Dining In (January) I bought this cookbook when it was published a few years ago and read it cover to cover a few times, but really had not delved into it for some reason. I really haven’t used cookbooks lately, relying on them for inspiration and the simple joy of…

Cooking Classes – Foodie Fun

What is it about cooking classes that I so love? I mean, I can get new recipes from my burgeoning cookbook collection, the many emails/newsletters I receive from some of my favorite blogs, online searches, food magazines, food blogs, books, friends. But, there is something about cooking with a group of people under the tutelage…

Dot’s Recipe Box

I happened to fall in love with a remarkable man. (We like to call him Mr. Perfect.) Shortly after we met, I discovered that he had an extraordinary family as well. They are a fun-loving, affectionate group who enveloped me into their world and have been the source of great comfort and laughter for over…

Nanna’s Gravy

Since becoming a grandmother, I’ve been thinking a lot about how culture stretches across generations, continents, oceans – permeating our very being and making us who we are. Inherited genes likely influence our behaviors and demeanor, but we also inherit the cultural aspect of our ancestry like religion, beliefs, and cuisine. Food is an integral…

If Courage Does Not Work, Try a Chocolate Chip Muffin

Do you ever have a day or a week, maybe longer, when things are coming at you from so many directions, all at once, and you aren’t sure if you can manage it all? Which “challenge” should you try to solve first? Is it even solvable? Maybe. Maybe not. Even with the confidence that comes…

An Ethiopian Dinner Party

I realized that some of the most memorable meals I have ever had were at Ethiopian restaurants. Is this true of you too? For me, there was the dinner in Washington, D.C. that I shared with my treasured cousin, his amazing wife who told us about her life growing up in Siberia, Russia and a…

Cold and Flu Season is Here

For as long as I can remember, food had been a comfort during illness. Ginger, garlic, carrots, honey … foods can help fight illness and make you feel better.

Garlic

Growing up in an Italian household, garlic was a given – an important staple used in just about everything.

Cook Together!

I’ll never be able to replicate my brother’s signature dishes, but I can ensure that my recipes continue on after I’m gone by sharing my knowlege.

On Tiny Gardens

I’ve been an avid, organic gardening throughout my adult life; the garden has changed as my life has changed.

Welcome to United In Food!

Actually, I think we love to cook more than we love to eat. For us, cooking is a measure of our love for our friends and family.

Pepper Cooks from One of Her Favorite Cookbooks

Many, many years ago, I worked at an Ivy League university where one of my responsibilities was to organize the Political-Economy Lecture Series. Quite possibly one of the coolest things I’ve ever done, I would work with faculty and graduate students to bring in world-renowned economists to give small, intimate talks and then arrange for…