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Yearly Archives: 2011

Yes, Benjamin, There is Possibly Not a Santa Claus

The gig is up. Or could be. It’s hard to say. After dinner, Doug calls out to me from where he is putting Benjamin to bed. I trudge upstairs begrudgingly (Why can’t he put the boy to bed by himself? Doesn’t he know I’m doing the dishes/checking Facebook/playing a round of Angry Birds: Seasons?) until […]

December 17th, 2011Still Life Las Vegas

Baking With Disaster

I almost entered into a baker’s hell this weekend; you know, that particular lower circle where you’re asked to make a birthday cake for a 40th birthday party and you spend hours on a new recipe and then find that it’s becoming an utter catastrophe and you might have to start over from scratch and […]

December 12th, 2011Still Life Las Vegas

My Dinner with Two Hot Tamales

It’s official: I’ve become a Top Chef whore.I watch all the incarnations: “Top Chef,” “Top Chef: Just Desserts” and “Top Chef: Masters”; if there was a “Top Chef: Reheating Lean Cuisines” I’d probably program that into my DVR as well. But, I swear, I’ve gleaned many useful directives from these shows. Contrast salty and sweet. […]

December 5th, 2011Still Life Las Vegas


First of all, Doug is not carrying around a little joey in his gut. That’s just silly. You look just fine, darling.  Just fine. Now grab another piece of pumpkin pecan pie and come to bed. Don’t forget the whipped cream. The day began with military precision. Counters cleared, dishes put away, utensils at the […]

November 25th, 2011Still Life Las Vegas

Thanksgiving Eve

What, how can this be? 12 am and already done for the night, and this with going out to dinner AND watching “Top Chef”? It’s a Thanksgiving miracle. Usually I’d be working on my second pie right about now, with stock simmering and miles to go before I slept. Ah, but this year I have […]

November 24th, 2011Still Life Las Vegas

A Thanksgiving Side Trip to Italy

Doug is the devil. Today he casually mentioned to me that “brining turkeys is out. Dry brining with salt is what they’re doing now. Didn’t you see it in the New York Times?” Doug, who wouldn’t know a dry brine from a dry brisket, telling me this three days before Thanksgiving? Diabolo. 2 AM. What […]

November 22nd, 2011Still Life Las Vegas

Gettin’ My Turkey On

For me, there are two culinary High Holy Days: Thanksgiving and Lunar New Year’s Eve. These are the pedal-to-the-metal, grueling, marathon cooking holidays that truly test your skill and endurance in the kitchen. I love the challenge. This year we’ll be hosting Doug’s entire family, plus a couple of friends, and I’ve already begun preparing, […]

November 21st, 2011Still Life Las Vegas

Give Me An Hour of Your Time

This has got to be my favorite day of the year— the annual Death of Daylight Savings Time. It’s the glorious retreat of an hour. Fall back! Fall back! The one day of the year where I can get up to find the Time Fairies have miraculously given me another sixty minutes to rest. It helps […]

November 6th, 2011Still Life Las Vegas

Halloween Shame

Yes, I confess, I did it! I did it! I don’t know what came over me, but I couldn’t help myself until… it was too late. Yes, I used a box mix to make my child’s Halloween cupcakes. Not just a box mix like Duncan Hines or something comfortably good-tasting. No, I was beguiled by […]

October 31st, 2011Still Life Las Vegas