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Peru comes to Vermont!

October 28th, 2011 | | Posted in Uncategorized

The concept for our collaboration with the Vermont International Film Festival started just a few months ago, but the preparation for the dishes my mother and I prepared goes back to culinary knowledge built over more than 500 years. Peruvian cuisine is a mixture of cultures (Indigenous, European, African and Asian), influences and recipes that Read the Rest…

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September Book Review: A Master Class

September 5th, 2011 | | Posted in Book Reviews

It is pouring rain here in Vermont, again.We’re warm and dry right here, at this moment, but I can’t keep my thoughts from those who have lost their homes, their farms and businesses, and everything to the flooding from Hurricane Irene.It is truly heartbreaking to see the damage. There is still so much to do Read the Rest…

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Just Cook It Potluck – Herve This

June 15th, 2011 | | Posted in Uncategorized

I have been reading several books by Herve This over the past couple of weeks in preparation for the upcoming Just Cook It potluck. The last potluck focused on souffles was so fun, and very inspirational, making me really excited about this coming Sunday’s event. I found that souffles are easy enough to incorporate into Read the Rest…

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Wine-ing around Ohio.

May 25th, 2011 | | Posted in Uncategorized

I am in the midst of writing a paper about Ohio Wine. Here is a glimpse into how it will unravel: “What is it? The Italians drink it, the French rave about it, the Germans analyze it and we (Americans) write about it…Wine!”[1] Here I am a victim of that statement, an all American wine Read the Rest…

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Necessary luxuries

May 6th, 2011 | | Posted in Uncategorized

Necessary luxuries, luxuria, or in other words: What makes you happy? For my mom, it’s a hot bath, the hair salon and cream. According to her these things are vital for her mental and physical happiness. For my dad, it is taking his friends out to dinner. For my friend Maddy, it is dark coffee, Read the Rest…

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May Book Review: Recipes From The Root Cellar

April 30th, 2011 | | Posted in Book Reviews

We have a root cellar. This statement seems improbable when you consider our contemporary house, situated in the end of a cul-de-sac full of other mid-1970’s houses in suburbia. But we do indeed have a root cellar. Tucked into the northern-most corner of our basement, made of plywood and blueboard insulation, with a tube to Read the Rest…

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Passover my identity.

April 22nd, 2011 | | Posted in Uncategorized

As you may all know, right now the Jewish people are in the midst of celebrating a holiday known as פסח, also known as Passover (see here for a quick wiki definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passover ). The holiday lasts 8 days and during the first two days families get together to have a seder which is a Read the Rest…

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Zeitgeist: Got Natural?

April 13th, 2011 | | Posted in Uncategorized

What is natural? What is almost natural, kind of natural and not natural at all? My dictionary application defines natural as: something in or caused by nature; not made or caused by human kind; or in agreement with the character or makeup of, or circumstance, surrounding someone or something; instinct; based on innate moral sense… Read the Rest…

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