Sheet Caking is a Grassroots Movement

Food is a collective coping strategy. Funny. Sad. True. Maybe cake is the answer. I want to yell into a cake now. Feels cathartic. But, is it okay to be a silent non-violent protester? How do we confront violence, fear, hate? With violence? With indifference? With cake? How do we react and do differently, instead…

Pasta to and from Paris – American Airlines

See any differences? Chicago to Paris Paris to Chicago I thought the shapes (bread, pasta, crackers), sauce quantity, herbs, salad components and of course packaging were different. Same meal, different directions. Makes me go……..hmmmmmm. There is a lot of discussion about airplane food. Here are a few links you might enjoy. http://www.elledecor.com/life-culture/a9148/airplane-food/ http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/unsavory-airplane-food-truths/index.html http://www.travelchannel.com/interests/food-and-drink/photos/airplane-food Image…

Pierogi Fest 2017 – Second Visit

For parents of school age kids, like me, back to school marks the end of summer, even if days are still long and the weather warm. For us, school starts this Thursday. There is both sadness and relief. This Monday I find myself already looking back at summer. How does summer end for you? The…

The Gesture – Chef Alain Passard

“In cuisine, in music, in sculpture, in painting, it’s everything. Either we like the gesture, either we like the hand, or we don’t. Me, I love it. It might be the sense I like the most. Maybe even more than the sense of taste. And this hand…if we want it to be more beautiful, we…

Cuban Coffee Chronicles – Final Day 9

Our last day in Cuba ended with a visit to Fusterlandia before we headed to the airport. A crazy Picasso meets Gaudi situation where the artist converted his home and many others in the community into glistening, colorful, funny, joyous celebrations of art, community and Cuba. A very befitting way to end our trip. What…

Cuban Coffee Chronicles – Day 6

After a very brief afternoon of rest at the Varadero resort, day 6 we had a full agenda. Our day began visiting a community art center in Matanzas where African roots of Cuban culture are nurtured.  Again we see how art serves to sustain and build a shared history. The installation of heads below was…

Arts of Oliver Winery – Summer 2016

  Check out my article in the summer issue of Edible Indy Magazine about Oliver Winery’s unique art labels. You don’t have to go to a museum for the best of local art! Kevin Pope and Ken Bucklew are masters in painting the cultural and natural landscapes of Indiana. Conversations like these make such short…

Shrimp Koftas In Coconut Sauce

This recipe, from Khulna, is adapted from my favorite Bangladeshi Regional Cookbook. It is similar to the traditional coconut shrimp recipe, Chingri Malaikari except the shrimp is formed into koftas (meatballs) and the sauce is spicy, sweet because of the combination of  roasted onions and chili powder. The ground shrimp balls are airy and almost…