In Kate and Leopold, the 2001 Meg Ryan/Hugh Jackman movie, there is a scene where Leopold is being critical of our modern day excuses for food. He says, “Perhaps one day when you’ve awoken from a pleasant slumber to the scent of a warm brioche smothered in marmalade and fresh creamery butter, you’ll understand that life is not solely comprised of tasks, but tastes.” So when Carole Toulousy-Michel, one of our readers, wanted to share a recipe she developed for Einkorn brioche, I didn’t have any complaints. Although, to be honest, I had never tried the stuff until we tried her recipe. I wasn’t disappointed!
For as long as I can remember, my family has eaten chili and cornbread for Halloween dinner. I don’t know how that got started or what this particular food has to do with the scary October holiday, but that’s what we did. I will always associate chili and cornbread with Halloween no matter how old I get or where I go. We would all dress up (never as anything scary) and go to my grandma’s house in town (Our house out in the country was not conducive to trick-or-treating). There would be a big pot of delicious chili, several pans of cornbread, and a “cauldron” of homemade root beer. Continue reading
Amateur boyfriends buy conversation hearts with another one of those little stuffed bears. Better boyfriends line the walkway with rose petals leading to chocolate and a gift that proves he really knows her. Norwood Thomas flew 10,500 miles to Australia to meet up with his girlfriend from the war whom he hadn’t seen in over 70 years. People do crazy things on February 14th. Why? Love. Brace yourself for ring and flower ads, clever memes from people celebrating Single Awareness Day, and an influx of love songs (I love you for sentimental reasons…Love was made for me and you…a hunk, a hunk of burning love…etc). Somewhere along the way, St. Valentine’s Day (Which is one of many days celebrating saints in the Catholic church) became the day of love. Continue reading
As I drove to the gym this morning, peeking out the little hole in the middle of my windshield where the defroster had actually done something, I thought fondly of spring. I shouldn’t long for things I can’t control; it’s probably not healthy, but I do. Many of you may not live in snowy, cold places like I do, but I’m sure you still look forward to everything coming to life in the spring. Since spring is still forever away, I have to find a way to be content with winter for now. Winter holds few charms for me once Christmas has passed, BUT winter food is one of them. If you can’t have spring yet, try this recipe for creamy chicken soup with buttery Einkorn bread sticks to warm and cheer you up. That sounds cheesy, but anyone who doesn’t know that food can do that is on a terrible diet. Continue reading