Blood oranges and kumquats star in a heart-healthy Valentine’s Day dinner
January 19, 2017
By Cathryn Domrose When we think of a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner, our thoughts tend to turn to decadent foods like cheese soufflé, filet mignon, or chocolate mousse. But for a holiday devoted to the heart, artery-clogging offerings like these seem like a bit of a contradiction. However, you...
Craft cocktail–inspired mocktails for your holiday parties
December 12, 2016
Drinks offered to abstainers at New Year’s Eve parties are all too often nothing to celebrate. Club soda with a sad sliver of lime or a can of Diet Coke are poor rewards for serving as the designated driver. This year, your nondrinking guests don’t have to put up with boring beverages. The craft...
Tips for making your best latkes and applesauce ever
November 16, 2016
Anyone who celebrates Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, knows that homemade applesauce is the perfect accompaniment for latkes, or potato pancakes. Made from nothing but chopped apples simmered with a splash of apple juice or fresh-pressed cider, homemade applesauce is easy, quick, healthy, and...
Brighten the season with homemade citrus gifts
November 15, 2016
During the busiest season of the year, who has time to spend hours in the kitchen? And yet few gifts thrill people more than a package of homemade treats. The exclamations of delight, messages of gratitude, and semi-serious marriage proposals make those hours of toil worthwhile. In more than 20...
How to pick a peck of pumpkins (and other winter squashes)
October 26, 2016
Walk into any grocery store this season and you’ll be overwhelmed by the furious array of “pumpkin” offerings: pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin baked goods, pumpkin drinks, pumpkin salsa, pumpkin chips, pumpkin cereal, and so much more. But while we’re all going crazy for pumpkin-themed items (and...
Keeping history alive and edible
October 21, 2016
How has Thanksgiving evolved for you? Is it Norman Rockwell traditional, political, locavore, or perhaps a blend? Whatever your approach, the Wampanoag native people have touched all of our menus. The Wampanoag, or People of the First Light, are credited with welcoming the Mayflower pilgrims....
How to find your favorite variety of one of fall’s best fruits
September 25, 2016
Pears have been with us for centuries—dried slices of the fruit have been found in cave dwellings in Switzerland dating back to the Ice Age, and written documentation of the pear goes back 2,500 years. It’s been celebrated in art and literature, including Shakespeare: in The Merry Wives of Windsor...
September 9, 2016
At the Still Life Modeling Agency, the pomegranate gets callbacks all the time. You can see why—it’s such an intriguing fruit. Its beautiful maroon color, its little calyx crown, and its burgundy skin, which looks like a worn leather suitcase packed full of mysteries, perhaps even love letters....
Easy lunch-box meals for kids and grown-ups
August 24, 2016
A crispness is sneaking into the morning air and the leaves are ever-so-slightly turning yellow. Children across this great land of ours are sending up a wail and gnashing their teeth—summer is almost over and school will be starting soon. Back-to-school time marks a return to routines for the...
Seasonal fruits complement tasty tapas
August 23, 2016
The best Labor Day celebrations involve getting outside, enjoying good company, and savoring not just the fruits of labor, but the fruits of this special season as summer fades and fall beckons. My traditional Labor Day celebration is an all-day paella party, preceded by a parade of tapas. We start...