One of the marvels of modern society has been the ability of the packaged food industry to get our children to eat what are, essentially, leftovers. Campbell’s soup in a can, for example. It’s already cooked. We just heat it up. How is that different from leftovers? Swanson’s TV dinners: cooked, frozen, just thaw and […]

Grandmother’s Bread

By way of my sister’s recipe box, comes this memory. Scald all together and set aside to cool: 2 c. milk 2/3 c. shortening* 5 tbsp. sugar 2 tbsp salt Add 2 cups water to above mixture. 1 cake yeast** 1/4 c. water 13-14 c. flour (approx, depending on flour) Crumble yeast into water to […]


Many cocktails call for grenadine, which, it seems, is much more than Red No. 40 and high-fructose corn syrup. It’s pomegranates! Who knew? (The FDA seems not to care.) But more importantly, can we make it at home? Once one finds Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s recipe for grenadine, one can. Morgenthaler’s Grenadine 2 c. fresh pomegranate juice […]

Things to do with Vermouth

I have a rather large bottle of Cinzano Extra Dry Vermouth in my refrigerator. One might ask why I have such a large bottle. That’s easily explained: it was the smallest vermouth sold at the store I visited the day I purchased vermouth. Why am I looking for small bottles of vermouth? Mainly because I […]

I Spent My Last $10 on Birth Control, and Beer

The bagel shop is raising prices. The pizza place is raising prices. And a six-pack of my favorite beer has just passed $10 at the grocer. What, you may ask, am I doing buying beer at the grocer’s? It’s convenient, but that’s beside the point. The point is that commodity prices are going up. The […]