Polenta alla Griglia con Ragù di Funghi ~ Grilled Polenta with Mushroom Ragù

Polenta-Mushroom-Ragu

Last spring Fran and I met up in New York for a long weekend of food and fun. We had our youngest kids in tow, and it seemed there was never a moment when at least one of us wasn’t hungry. Every outing over those three days—MoMA, Pippin (that one’s for you, Charlie Price), even… 

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Classic Chess Pie

Classic Chess Pie

When I was young, my mom–who never really seemed to eat anything, much less dessert–would often wax rhapsodically about something called chess pie. Apparently, her college years in Nashville had given her a taste for this Southern staple that she couldn’t hope to satisfy in our northeastern burg. My siblings and I had never heard of chess… 

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Making a Sourdough Starter

The Bread Exchange

I once got a sourdough starter. I was determined to master the art of bread baking, to turn out loaf after endless loaf of perfectly browned sourdough, its crust shatteringly crisp, its interior filled with many, many pockets of air. Me in my flour-coated apron, with my charming flour-flecked chin and hair (come ON, how… 

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