Sadly, summer’s stone fruit growing season is way too short, but oh so sweet! Did you know:
• Plum trees are grown in every continent except Antarctica.
• The peach has a poisonous pit containing hydrocyanic acid.
• On average, there are 44 cherries to the pound.
OK, it scares even me. Over the years, as new phrases came into the vernacular, my kids would hear them at school, start saying them at home, and pretty soon even mom was using them. Well, most of them. But now, more and more phrases have come into common use, which annoy me beyond reason. I know: it’s the first step toward terminal curmudgeonliness. I fear I’m steps away from morphing from the kid-adoring neighbor lady to the one who rolls out onto her front porch in her walker and hurls epithets at the skate boarders.
In 1984, President Ronald Reagan, who had a real soft spot for ice cream, designated July as the month to pay tribute to one of his favorite indulgences. Since the Reagan-era, ice cream has evolved into a creamy, dreamy industry that practically suits every cultural, dietary and gustatory preference.
When my first husband and I were married, an insurance salesman advised us only to insure ourselves against serious losses: his life and my contact lenses.
I’ve finally come to understand the basic connection between grandparents and grandchildren: They really want to get out of diapers, and we hope never to get into them.
Like most things in life, timing must be perfect — and cooking, baking and food preparation is no exception. Slice an avocado prematurely and it’s hard and bitter, past its prime and it’s mushy and brown. A door slamming at the very scintilla of time when a soufflé is critically rising can convert the airy delicacy into a pancake, while a salad dressed too long before serving will limp into a soggy mound.
Listen up, all manly outdoor chefs! It’s time to earn your grilling stripes by donning a kitschy machismo apron slugged with such slogans as, “WEINIES RULE,” along with transferring the heat, smoke, mess and heavy-duty implements to the backyard. Here are some cookout trends for your gustatory amazement on July 4th and throughout the summer.
My husband Olof’s parents and mine were similar in many ways and the one precept that they both held most dear was the intrinsic value of child labor. No job was too menial or too boring if it paid.
While savoring a fine meal, all five senses play a key role in the dining experience: Presentation gives us eye candy, aromas draw us in, textures and temperatures seduce the palate, and sounds like sizzling and chewing enhance the gustatory pleasures. But ultimately, flavor trumps all. Everyone has their favorite flavors and those they shun. Here’s a primer to help you appreciate your sense of taste, and understand what your preferences say about your personality.
A British exhibitor from the India Tea Commission laid a solid claim to the creation of iced tea. In 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair, he wasn’t getting too many takers for hot brew on a sweltering summer day, so he poured it over ice and offered refreshing samples to attendees.