Scoutin’ it Out

Quarent-eats 10: A Year’s Cooking

As news outlets would not let us forget, last week marked a year since many of us in the western world settled into this Pandemic Reality that continues to be a fact of our lives. A year ago, I came home for what would become the longest spring break ever and returned once again to […]

7-Eleven (and Convenience Store Nostalgia)

Let me set the scene: It’s a pre-pandemic Friday night and you’re waiting to meet up with your friends to go out for the night. There’s that end-of-the-week freedom in the air, egging you on to treat yourself and celebrate getting through the slog of another five days of interning/rehearsals/classes/projects. But you’re in that vacuum […]

Pure Produce

When cooped up inside with braises and stews simmering away and time to spare, it is easy to lean into an appreciation of complex flavor combinations and involved technical practices. To be sure, I enjoy doing the math to figure out how my sourdough discard will affect the measuring of other ingredients in a recipe […]

What’s a Sandwich?

There are many things in which my fixation showcases my proclivity towards pedantry. As a linguistic enthusiast, I get a lot of pleasure learning interesting but useless, and easily forgettable etymology (did you know that the ladybug is named after the Virgin Mary because of the seven spots on a specific variety found in Italy […]

Holiday Cookies

When November is starting to wane after that fourth Thursday of the month, the nation’s fixation on pie subsides and attention is instead devoted to cookies. In my family, the holiday season kicks off on Black Friday not with early morning deal searching and store raiding (especially not this year), but with the first of […]

Soup Season

One of the very first culinary events of my life occurred when I was in first grade. My tastes at the time were limited, as is often the case with the young palate. Bland starches were the pinnacle. White bread sans crust. Easy Mac Kraft Mac and Cheese (woe be unto the person who tried […]

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