Oh Yeah, Baby! Artichokes

 You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realize that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even [...]

Spring Has Sprung

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain For those ‘que souls who shamefully limit their grilling to fair [...]

KISS & Not From Jerusalem Artichokes

“Keep it simple, stupid” is an oft heard maxim coined by Kelly Johnson, famed systems engineer and aeronautical innovator. A mise en place freak. The KISS principle often reigns over the kitchen. So many toothsome cuisines — from Italian to South American to Malaysian to French to South Asian to Chinese to Russian to Singaporese [...]

Root (Turnip) Time

An aside too often neglected at our tables. True to form, the turnip (Brassica rapa) is a root vegetable of humble, unknown origins. While firmly entrenched as a domestic crop in Hellenistic and Roman times, evidence of earlier ancestry is rife with speculation. A root without established roots. Neither baby momma nor baby daddy nor [...]

West End Stampede — A Food Walk (Saturday, October 20)

Since 1968, Westport Cooperative Services (WCS) has assisted over 200,000 Kansas Citians in the areas of senior care, education, health care, hunger, housing, childcare, domestic violence and community relations. The mission of Westport Cooperative Services is to encourage and develop cooperative solutions to community needs in the Kansas City Metro area. On Saturday, October 20 [...]

Walnut Season Approaches

Walnuts are edible seeds harvested from deciduous trees of the genus Juglans: the Persian walnut a/k/a English walnut, Juglans regia and the black walnut, Juglans nigra. (This post will talk English walnuts as they are much favored here.) Walnuts are rounded, single-seeded stone fruits enclosed in a leathery green, fleshy, inedible husk. Inside the husk [...]

Slow Food KC Annual Harvest Potluck Dinner (Sunday, October 7)

Bra, Italy, is home to the “slow food” movement, a response to the so-called fast food revolution. Slow Food occupies the crossroads of ecology and gastronomy, ethics and pleasure. A way of eating and living, it is a grassroots organization with supporters around the globe. While worldwide in scope, there are local Slow Food chapters [...]

A Word Of Thanks To Mother Cooks

Each of us owe an oft failed tribute to the cherished mother cooks who tirelessly prepare our most comforting fare. Their daily contributions to the world’s kitchens and tables over time deserve our solemn, endless gratitude. With their gentle, confident hands on the spoon and enticing kitchen aromas passed from generation to generation, they reawaken [...]

La Cosecha (The Harvest)

One of the more pressing issues to ponder and which deserves prompt and profound action is the plight of farm workers who so often toil under absurdly untenable conditions.  A recent award-winning film, La Cosecha (The Harvest) draws attention to the dire plight of child farm laborers across this country.  More than 400,000 children work in fields across the land to harvest [...]

Minthe, Myth & Mint

Just try saying it repeatedly, rapidly, then again and again…minthe, myth, mint. A perennial flowering herb, mint (genus Mentha) belongs to the family Lamiaceae. Decidedly aromatic, with bright zest on the front end and a cool finish, mint is a culinary one man band—used fresh, but also in sauces, chutneys, vinaigrettes, pastas, teas, beverages, cocktails, jellies, syrups, [...]