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…

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…

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…