Category Archives: Personal Essays

Did I Invite You to My (Winter) BBQ?

I went to Back to Basics cooking school at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts a few years back and blogged about it for Misstropolis.com. The website no longer exists so I’m reprinting them here. Enjoy! Day 5 Barbecuing is a manly … Continue reading

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Stewed About It: Braising for Beginners

Day Four Stew is soup’s hard-working cousin — succulent, warm and hearty. Tough and unrefined at the beginning, mellowed and presentable at the end, stew is Eliza Doolittle personified. For me, it is a crowd pleaser that comes with a … Continue reading

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Recession Special: Soup

Day Three Soup: glorious, versatile, wholesome. Smooth, refined and velvety, soup can be served in your finest china. Chunky or spicy, it can be spooned from your favorite thermos. It is cool, crisp and refreshing in the summer, warm, hearty … Continue reading

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Cracking Eggs

I went to Back to Basics cooking school at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts a few years back and blogged about it for Misstropolis.com. The website no longer exists so I’m reprinting them here. Enjoy! Day Two I have always loved … Continue reading

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Getting a Grip: The Business of Knives

I went to Back to Basics cooking school at The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts a few years back and blogged about it for Misstropolis.com. The website no longer exists so I’m reprinting them here. Enjoy! Day One I have … Continue reading

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Indulgence on Route 2: A Christmas Tradition

December is almost here and it’s time to start thinking about Christmas trees. In our neck of the woods, many people I know choose to cut down their own Norway spruce or red pine. They usually drive to New Hampshire … Continue reading

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Why I love where I live

Diana Vreeland, according to the new documentary about her, loved to turn people’s defects into their assets–like a celebration of Barbra Streisand’s nose or  Lauren Hutton’s gapped teeth to name two. That concept inspired me to flaunt something I’ve always … Continue reading

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