On privilege

You don’t have to have connections or the right education to land that dream job or that juicy assignment. Hard work, good output, dedication, conviction … those things are the only requirements for success. And yet, I read stories like the one about a woman named Lidey Heuck in Food Network magazine and in Food & Wine magazine. … Continue reading On privilege


Thanksgiving, and what follows

Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday, has come and gone. With it, too many beige foods (just kidding, beige foods are delicious). No more cranberry relish or making of cornbread dressing until next year. I love Thanksgiving because of the expectations -- food, mostly comfort food, served well. No presents, no staying up late, no fancy dress required. … Continue reading Thanksgiving, and what follows

Lemongrass and Auntie Bang’s Coconut Soup (a.k.a. tom ka kai)

In April, I planted a tiny lemongrass specimen next to a smallish blueberry bush that I was trying to grow in a large concrete planter. The blueberry bush died, but the lemongrass thrived and has taken over the planter. Earlier this month, when I decided to make tom ka kai, a Thai chicken coconut soup, … Continue reading Lemongrass and Auntie Bang’s Coconut Soup (a.k.a. tom ka kai)