Peeling A Tomato: A Better Way

Peeling A Tomato: A Better Way

“Does it really matter?” Brian asked me. I would say my husband was being sincere, and not lazy, but I know him. Definitely lazy. “Get the tongs and get going.” I said. He obeyed. And, in the end, he agreed that it was better to follow the...

Really Simple Anchovy, Caper and Tomato Salad

“Don’t add salt.” Suzen was issuing a command, not a suggestion. I had just described the dinner I was planning. I’m upstate and she’s in the city. Her antennae are always up when I’m on my own, the kitchen is mine, and she’s wondering what the devil I’m going to...

Mango Banana Salsa

There you are in the produce aisle. There it is: big, colorful, obviously ripe and juicy. You try to walk past, but it murmurs “Buy me” and you succumb. It’s okay. You are only human and mangos have that tropical reputation. Don’t feel guilty. Who could resist? But,...

Really Simple Early Fall Corn Salsa

These early fall nights are brisk in New York, but the days have been warm. The farm stands are crowded with an abundance of corn. At five for a buck, it’s irresistible. But after you have eaten a couple of ears apiece, what do you do with the leftovers? Salsa. Corn...

Really Simple Crab and Avocado with Cocktail Sauce

There are some food combinations you should never consider. Ever had habanero whipped cream? Bad idea. It’s one of those things that triggers 911 calls and long nights in the emergency room where you watch some very foolish people get wheeled in.  You know: “But, gee,...