Food Fixes All

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After a long week, my weekly dinners with my parents always give me courage to tackle the rest of my responsibilities. This past week, my father made a crab boil with andouille sausages, corn, and shrimp. My mother fried eggplant and there is always rice at a Filipino table. To finish off, my father made the most happy fruit cobbler. What did I do in a past life to deserve this?

There are days where my dogs wake me up too early and my cat sleeps on my chest and I feel like I’m suffocating in fur.

There are work shifts where I feel like every single person needs a piece of me.They take their piece by dislocating each limb and walking away with it like trophy that was owed to them.

There are nights where if you ask me to cook, I will burst into tears and sink to the ground in a slump. My body will transform into a huddled bit of flesh, slowly melting into the carpet and mingling with all the animal hair that I need to vacuum.

You have days like this, don’t you?

I know you do.

That’s why food fixes all. Continue reading

For the Love of Kitsch – Brown Sugar Bourbon Banana Cake

 

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Sentimentality is the name of my game.

Got a tacky Christmas sweater that your grandma gave you that you’re trying to get rid of? I’ll take it here!

Weird tea sets that your aunt tried shoving onto you because her garage is full of them? Mine, please!

Yes, I did hoard Beanie Babies at one point. No, you can’t have my Goosebumps books. Don’t judge me when I tell you I collect tea cups.

I love kitschy things. I adore that warm, fuzzy, enveloping feeling that old, borderline tacky memorabilia provides you with. Continue reading

Cod en Croute with a Leek and Walnut pesto and Summer Sweet Corn Risotto

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There are plenty of things I enjoy about summer.

It is socially acceptable to guzzle obscene amounts of ice cream. The smell of the chlorinated pool water is a constant air-freshener, there are salty, curly tresses after swimming in the ocean,  long hikes with the dogs, and deep naps after a day of sunshine.

The food changes too. There are berries, green vegetables, and so much sweet corn. All the corn. I know this post is also supposed to be about fish but….I could eat corn all day long. Corn on the cob, corn bread, corn muffins, corn fritters, hush puppies, creamed corn – oh lawdy. Continue reading

Wrongness

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I recently read a New York Times Editorial titled “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person“. At the end of it, despite the dark title, I felt a bit uplifted.

It discussed basically that humans will be humans. No one can reasonably expect another person to not annoy them, make mistakes, lose intimacy from time to time and all the other issues that marriage comes with that they don’t talk about in your average Nicholas Sparks movie.

So what does this have to do with food? Continue reading

Hospitable Habits and Sweetened Ricotta Cream with Bruleed Honey Apricots and Brown Butter, Amaretti, and Pecan Crumb

Photo Credit: Nick W.
Photo Credit: Nick W.

In my life, my food obsession is synonymous with entertaining. As someone who works three jobs, tends to our lovely animals, and attempts to have a social life – entertaining with food can be overwhelming, exhausting, and downright hectic at times. However, regardless of how much money I spend, all the energy I exert, and the countless hours I use up concocting new meals to try on loved ones – the practice is therapeutic somehow.

I was recently listening to an episode of the Splendid Table about restaurant service and hospitality and it struck a chord with me. Continue reading