Tradition and Trend in Buttermilk Grafitti

I've been reading Buttermilk Grafitti, a food memoir by Edward Lee. Lee explores melting-pot cuisine across America. His writing deftly examines cities and communities and how immigrants and cultural forces shape a cuisine or local specialty. Lee shares anecdotes and...

Smoke Signals

You cannot touch smoke. Smoke touches you. The scent of smoke from wild plum, oak, grapevine, and lavender clings to my skin, my hair, and my clothes. Smoke hangs on with persistence, a ghost that lingers, a presence that is intangible but most certainly there. As the...

Sink

He washed the dishes slowly with determination before he evicted them from one sink to the next. Soapy bubbles coated raw red skin. His hands were rough from rubbing them together while watching cable news with one eye trained on the front door. An anxious habit, he...

Chicken Chorizo Vegetable Stew and the Kitchen Equinox

The first spoonful of chicken chorizo vegetable stew tastes rich and savory, slightly smoky with a faint residual heat. Hard nuggets of potatoes and carrots have slowly cooked into creamy, grainy morsels, rising as mountain ranges just above a sea of sienna-colored...

Thirty Minutes Past Two

Thirty minutes past two in the birth of today. Unreal Ocean, a selection from a white noise generator app on my phone, fails to lull me to a deep sea sleep. I stir and tumble out of bed like a clumsy gymnast impressing no one with my floor routine. Hunger tugs. I...

Field Notes: A Visit to Fair Share Farm

Field notes: I visited Fair Share Farm in Kearney, Missouri, in early April to meet with long-time friends and farmers Tom Ruggieri and Rebecca Graff. The trip’s purpose was to research and gather information firsthand for a story in the June issue of Feast magazine.

Females on Fire at Jax Restaurant

The second annual Females on Fire event at Jax Fish House brought together a collection of talented female chefs and restaurant industry professionals for a five-course dinner with amuse bouche and drink pairings.