Happy Father’s Day 2020

Happy Father’s Day 2020

Me and my dad, circa 1968 Wishing happy Father’s Day to all fathers, especially those many fathers without fathers. My extraordinary dad died twelve years ago and I miss him as much now as I did then, if not more. The pain of the loss is gone but the lasting...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Martini

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Martini

The perfect cocktail. Without question, this is my favorite cocktail. Why? is the question. I love powerfully flavored, herbaceous, sweet-sour, complex cocktails. But I think it’s precisely the oppositeness of all those qualities that draws me ever back to the...
Rhubarb Pie Season

Rhubarb Pie Season

Rhubarb Pie with 3:2:1 pie dough Making a pie is an accomplishment. And a perfect way to spend an hour of a quarantined day. Certainly a slice of pie is a fine dessert, but I think it makes an even better breakfast. So when Ann arrived from a Whole Foods run (still a...
Friday Cocktail Hour: The Boulevardier

Friday Cocktail Hour: The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier: whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth. Some cocktails allow you to time travel. They can take you back to a specific time when you had an especially fine example of one. The Boulevardier, not unlike the gin and tonic, takes me back to Treman, on the...