THE SUNDAY COLUMN -
Got Any Gwapes?

8 February 2015 | There's this joke about a duck that keeps going into a hardware store asking for "gwapes." The visits aggravate the store owner to the point of threats of impalement by staple gun. Duck goes back, asks, "Got any staples?" The guy does not; duck replies, "Got any gwapes?" Har! This is funny for a couple reasons: Someone told it to me in a funny way (I am terrible at this) and, even better, it includes a duck, which makes any joke 20-25% funnier.... [more]

THE SUNDAY COLUMN -
For the Love of Cauliflower

25 January 2015 | All hail: Cauliflower is the new kale. In other words, the hot veggie that the world (whose? which?) is embracing as the go-to ingredient for smart cooks/eaters/trendsetters. Want to make a creamy-ish soup without fat-full cream? Add cauliflower and puree. Want to remember what it was like to eat mashed potatoes but now you don't because it's January and your jeans are tight? Sub potatoes for cauliflower. You can look it up!... [more]

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So Easy, But No One Will Guess

4 January 2015 | In this, Week 3 of purging the pantry and freezer, any cook is eager to use up the old and make room for something else. It's no accident that gyms fill up and diet foods and methods are everywhere (tips! So many tips!) this time of year. We've enjoyed it, yes, but enough. No more, for at least a while. Toasts and tapas and once-a-year favorites. Sweets - yawn, want another truffle?... [more]

THE SUNDAY COLUMN -
Christmas Dinner Extraordinaire

And I had nothing to do with it. Except, of course, the consuming. A holiday getaway, lovely setting and an old gourmet favorite from years ago. Salmon ravioli with basil cream sauce, served with a new family fav, rosemary rolls, a true MA special. .. [more]

Irony the Duck