Tracy Jones, executive director of the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. Photos by Donna Turner Ruhlman. October 14, 2012, Cleveland Heights—I’ve just walked home from a brunch held by a neighbor, and now friend, Susan Zull, to benefit the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland. In 2000, I lost one of my closest friends, Rusty King, who was my news-writing mentor and advocate when he was a copy editor on the National desk at the New York Times and I was a little scut copyboy most editors didn’t see unless they shouted “COPY!” (Rusty’s fellow copy editors, @FromCarl and @EricAsimov, were also there and were wonderful to us urchins as well—thank you, guys! And where is Jeanne Pinder, who was on Foreign, and on whom I had a crush?) So that’s why I was in a Read On »

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Today’s cocktail post was inspired by a question on Twitter asking for a good Bloody Mary recipe, and it is indeed a good topic because they are often so mediocre. And it’s not the vodka’s fault this time. It’s rather that the Bloody Mary is carelessly prepared, a fault I am guilty of, especially on a crapulous Sunday morning. So herewith a more thoughtful and refined Bloody Mary worthy of being called a cocktail. The key is fresh tomato juice. V-8 vegetable juice or canned tomato juice is heavy and thick and obscures the other ingredients (which is why many prefer Clamato juice, for a “Bloody Caesar,” a choice I encourage). Now that we have an abundance of huge overripe tomatoes, it’s the perfect time to make your own juice. You want the fiber, but Read On »

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Kimberly Moore of The Hungry Goddess shares a recipe for roasted acorn squash with sausage, farrow, goat cheese, and spinach, via The Hungry Goddess.

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Make your own pickles at home with these various recipes, via Huffington Post.

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Just when I was back home I thought, I’m off again, in NYC and up to no good if I run into Chef Pardus. But while I was home, I noticed sadly that the corn was getting fatter. Now is the time for baked corn, an easy and delicious way to make use of the abundant fat corn that we’re getting now. Delicious with salted tomatoes. That and a crunchy baguette are all you need. Tomorrow, another multiple repost, but it’s one that was created because so many asked for it. Also, check back next week for a special offer and giveaway from my favorite cookware company. I mean, seriously, the best cookware made on the planet, period. Feel free to guess—who knows, the company might reward you. Humor welcome! Back next week. —M.R. Originally Read On »

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