Archive for January 2019

Spanokopita! Spanokopita!

Spanokopita, the savory pie one authority praised as the ultimate Greek “soul food,” might be the first word I ever tried to understand when arriving in Greece coming up on half a century ago. Surely I heard a few other words, enough to climb off the overnight ferry from Italy, find a late dinner of…

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Reborn Bread Bowls

Only a few months back, a national bread-centric chain called Panera introduced a “hot new trend” – yet another version of soup served in a bowl of hollowed-out bread. It was a “hot new trend” because Panera, along with many food journalists, told us it was. Which is great – since soup served in a…

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A Tale of Two Kingcakes

Inspired by two years and two Epiphanies of tasting galettes des rois, first all over Paris and then at one very special patisserie in Montreal, we decided this year in northern Virginia to make our own. Two galettes came together side by side, sharing the same puff pastry and the same almond filling. The results…

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Galette des Rois

It’s has been a long, hard road for me, learning to prefer the traditional puff-pastry-almond-paste galette des rois of France over the also-traditional sweet brioche kingcakes of my native New Orleans. My journey has been helped along by spending Epiphany eating galettes (yes, definitely more than one) in Paris two years ago and then eating…

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Celebrating Citrus

The last thing I remember not doing before leaving my last daily newspaper job was going to the Rio Grande Valley to write about citrus. The first thing I remember doing after starting my own food and wine magazine was – going to the Rio Grande Valley to write about citrus. I think about this…

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