In Praise of Tsoureki

03.30.2010
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IT HAS RISEN. It has risen indeed. And it’s damn good, if I say so myself.
Some background: the Greek in me simply does not consider it a proper Easter without a loaf of Tsoureki on the table. Pronounced “soo-REH-kee,” this festival bread is similar to challah with its sweet, eggy, cake-like charms. I have been [...]

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Goat-Feta Ice Cream: Mister Softee It Ain’t

03.21.2010
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IT’S SPRING NOW, and for the first vernal weekend of 2010, the weather complied beautifully, at least in New York City. It may still be only a tease—we’re supposed to go back to rain and colder temperatures through the early part of the week—but for a few glorious days sunshine triumphed, coats and sweaters were [...]

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Blood Orange Olive Salsa with Feta and Mint

03.16.2010
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GREEK IDENTITY is heavily marked by the country’s position at the crossroads of Europe, the Balkans, and the Middle East. Head west from the Peloponnese, and you end up at the sole (or southern soul?) of Italy’s boot. Motor north and hit Albania, Macedonia, or Bulgaria. Turkey and the Middle East are within spitting distance—not [...]

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Awards You Can *Really* Get Behind

03.08.2010
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ACADEMY SCHMADEMY. Between all the buildup, the actual event itself, and the approaching week’s debates over who got cheated, who looked classy or trashy, and so forth . . . I’m glad Oscars season is over till next year. If I have to weigh in, I’ll say brava to Mo’Nique and Sandra (though the foodie [...]

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Scallop Ceviche with Pummelo and Fennel

03.03.2010
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SICK OF WINTER? So am I. Earlier this week, the sun shone in a blue sky. The temperature climbed about ten degrees, and spring seemed almost within reach. Of course today we’re back to gray skies and chilly rain. At least the snow’s been washed away. But that brief hint of warmer days was enough [...]

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Fresh Ginger Green Tea-ramisu

02.27.2010
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WHO COULDN’T USE a little pick-me-up? I know I could. I’ve had a rough couple of weeks, which partly explains my recent lack of timely posting on this blog. I won’t get into that now, though, because you want the scoop on the dessert in the photograph. You, no doubt, are already anticipating a rise [...]

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Sweet Matcha Ladyfingers (Savoiardi)

02.27.2010
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Steep some lady’s-fingers nice in Candy wine [ . . . ] And sponge my forehead,—so my love doth make me pine.
— John Keats, “The Cap and Bells; or, The Jealousies: a Faery Tale – Unfinished” (1820)
LADYFINGERS: remedy for the lovesick heart? Perhaps, if you’re a fairy king enamored of a mortal lady, as is [...]

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Mardi Gras Tradition: oreillettes à l’orange

02.15.2010
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Hey, wait! Where’s the recipe for Oreillettes à l’orange? Don’t worry, it’s only migrated to a new home on the Internet: www.acparker.com/blog

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What Weight Love?

02.14.2010
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WHO CAN TELL the weight of love? In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, I spent some time reflecting on this profound question, and my answer has been published today as part of a feature over at Leite’s Culinaria. I’m thrilled that my writing was selected for inclusion by David Leite and the new deputy editor of [...]

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Chocolate Walnut Fig Cake With Grappa & Cardamom Cream

02.12.2010
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FORGET THE KIDS. They’re sleeping (maybe at Nona’s house). Or there aren’t any. My Friendship Day Marshmallows post was for them. This, though . . . This is for adults only.
For all my soapbox talk about how anyone—coupled, single; young, old, or in between—should be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day, it is still true that [...]

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Friendship Day Marshmallows

02.10.2010
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WHAT’S WRONG WITH KIDS celebrating Valentine’s Day? Despite having an adequately tuned radar when it comes to inclusive and “politically correct” language, I confess that I don’t understand the problem with using the term “Valentine’s Day” in elementary school. Maybe the taboo is particular to my son’s school; if not, then I guess it’s a [...]

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