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Mourning in the Time of COVID-19

Tuesday, April 21st: “Mom’s in the ER. Dr. recommends hospice,” reads a text from my sister. My mother's dementia is not new but this message...

Delicious Food and Other Mortal Sins

Mrs. Tizzoni lived around the corner from my father’s tiny butcher shop just off Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia. Most days right before closing, she’d...

Ode to Pound Cake

The best place to find a tasty slice of pound cake is in the basement of a Black church after Sunday services. On a typical...

Aprons

After my mother’s death, my sisters and brother and I embarked on a task familiar to many adult children: clearing out our childhood home....

Losing Taste Amid Coronavirus

In my big Italian family, cooking together is a chaotic, noisy, raucous production. We bump into each other, fight over the accompanying playlist, and...

Liver and Onions

In third grade, I was assigned as homework to prepare my favorite meal for my family. I chose to make liver and onions. An...

How to Eat Chinese Food

There is nothing quite like the din of a large Chinese restaurant and the cacophony in the vast dining hall of The New Fortune...

Redeem Your Zoom Passover: Open the Kitchen Door

A Passover Seder is a festival of guests. It’s a gathering of extended family, a circling of friends to re-tell the story of the...

It Started With An Olive

Matthew was born a picky eater. His mother had blamed herself when he wouldn’t latch onto her breast, assuming the reason for his lack...

Martial Arts Cookies

Part of my personality is very sociable and working at Toscanini’s, my ice cream store, is perfect for that, but there is a balancing...

Baking for the Masses

“Bakers, welcome back to another round of Baking for the Masses!” The host beamed at the contestants, gaze sliding just above the level of...

My Last Brisket

Although born and raised Jewish, I have never made a good brisket. Today as I hopped around in the swimming pool with my fellow...