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Gabe Mulligan brought his copy of mediterranean: food of the sun  to work, and it’s become my favorite, too…straightforward recipe instructions (few with more than four steps) and just beautiful  photographs (inspiring, if you have fruits and vegetables to use up.)  Best of all, as the title implies, there is so much sun in those pages!



      What is it about this week?  Maybe it’s the turn of the season — longest day just one week behind us, family gatherings pulled off without (much) bodily injury, and maybe a long Boxing-Day snooze.  Somehow — today — everyone is talking about big beers, about sparkling, fizzing, bubbling drinks and food that goes with them. We think Jeremy Meyer has a really FUN  job doing The Denver Post’s First Drafts blog.  And despite the absence of Colorado beers, we liked the New-Year-beers article from WSJ.  Food & Wine had a cool article on cocktail trends

Some people are champion New Year’s Eve-ers; others gravitate toward New Year’s brunches.   The former may appreciate the Kale for a Hangover recipe in the Art of Living According to Joe Beef cookbook.  The latter are going to love Chef Michael Schwartz’s Roasted Vegetables with Goat Cheese, the  Smoked Salmon Dip from BA, this yum Squash + Spinach Rotolo and this:

Fierce Bloody Mary

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 4 dashes Tabasco
  • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pinch celery salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • ½ teaspoon coarse mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of the most intense horseradish you can locate
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 7 oz. tomato juice
  • Lime for garnish

When made in a pitcher for brunchers (or is that brunchees?) approximations and creativity are expected.

Our Foodsters are thinking avocados and citrus, which almost always go together. 

Suzanne in our office emailed me this pretty plate of avocados and pink grapefruit. 

According to Barb, the Brazilians think our insistence on avocado-as-vegetable is a little crazy.  This sweet, blendered Creme de Abacate comes from Maria-Brazil.  I sent this one around the company and Jacob suggested  avocado ice cream.  Some mysterious alternatives for guacamole came in — we will run those down.  And Billy said he’s had the “poor man’s artichoke hearts”: steamed avocados dipped in butter.   

For anyone making “I’ll-be-more-organized” resolutions, do Ruth Reichl’s handy Homemade Bread Crumbs for the freezer and check that one off your list on January second. 

 I hate to even mention those other resolutions, but the back in shape sessions from F&W, and the  Top 3 Meatless Monday favorites sound pretty good to us…

Wishing you a New Year that is happy, healthy, prosperous and gratifying in every way.




Those whom summer’s heat tortures yearn for the full moon of autumn

Without even fearing the idea that a hundred days of their life will then have passed forever

                                                 – Buddha Shakyamuni

Just near the Art Institute is a quarter block that looks almost vacant now, under snow.  In summer and fall, it is filled with viney cucumbers and zucchini and summer squash, tomatoes, eggplant, scallions, lettuces and other summer greens.  A few blocks away in the Baker neighborhood is another community garden, and along South Pearl Street there are many patches that, in summer, will feed families and neighbors. 

It occurred to me that if we spend December dreaming about spring’s light and summer’s warmth, we will miss the amber lit windows, the scents and tastes that are winter — the ones we remember, the ones we build rituals and traditions around.  Time enough for first strawberries and early baby carrots, cilantro and thyme.

We are focused on the sweets of the season: persimmon, kumquat and pomegranate; citrus, pear and apple. We all have our own rituals and food traditions — apples were a big deal for my mother and therefore for the whole tribe of us. But the world is a smaller, tighter-knit place, so we are going to explore sights and tastes that stretch us beyond the familiar. 

Meanwhile, this is my Mom’s recipe for Sour Cream Apple Pie:

1 cup sour cream

¾ cup sugar

¼ teaspoon vanilla

3 medium eggs, slightly beaten

4 medium to large apples, cored and sliced thinly

1 – 9” pie shell


½ cup brown sugar

1/3 cup butter

¼ cup flour

Whisk together all ingredients except apples.  Spread sliced apples in pie shell.  Pour custard mix over all.  Process together topping ingredients until crumbly.  Sprinkle evenly over top of pie.

Bake at 375 degrees F for 40-45 minutes.

If your remembered winter flavors lean more toward the apple and cinnamon, try out this one from a valley near Turin, Italy, courtesy of Saveur — I’ve made it twice this year and it’s both pretty and delicious : 

Torta di Sant’ Antonio