Boeuf (Beef) à la Mode: British Beef Made American

Cooking at the White House wasn’t always the glam job it is today. Thomas Jefferson’s French chef Honoré Julien – who’d cooked for George Washington, too – wanted to quit upon seeing the kitchen at the White House. And George Washington placed a want ad for a cook: ”A cook is wanted for the family of…

Cooking with Fire: A Primer and a Meditation

If cooking with fire brings up visions for you of grilling hamburgers, I forgive you. And don’t forget S’mores, the extent of my experience with fire and cooking for most of my childhood. I forgive myself for that. It’s winter now. A wood fire burns in my fireplace, a take-off on a Count Rumford design….

Hoppin’ John, or Dashing Myths Galore

(Due to a foul up with WordPress and dates, this post appeared on December 30. I was not finished with it yet!  But now I am!) Black-eyed peas, a gift to the New World from Africa. These beans were there as early as 1659 at St. Louis, now present-day Senegal, but they actually originated in North Africa, in…