Monthly Archives: June 2012

Postcard from Up North

Absence diminishes commonplace passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and kindles fire. ~ Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld

(Another reflection on the bay, its own version of red, white, and blue.)…

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Nougat Glace: ice cream without an ice cream maker. And more.

Among the sweets I adore there is in fact a hierarchy of that which captures my imagination, attention, and I’ll say it: love. I reserve the right to revise this statement at any time, especially when confronted with something like …

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Technique: How to whip meringue

What they say about literary technique is also true of culinary technique: you must first master the basics before you can take liberties with them. That’s why when we learned to whip egg whites at Tante Marie’s, we were given …

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Ingredient: Cherries

When you come from Michigan, there is so much to say about cherries that you practically come to a halt thinking of where to begin. When you’re Lebanese, cherries are known for their pits as mahleb, ground and used …

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Favorite Things: Stand Mixers. What color is yours?

As with anything, it’s the physical that is always the first sign of attraction. There must be some kind of color chart that indicates the meaning behind the color you choose for your stand mixer. Or maybe I should write …

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