June celebrates the rich bounty of oceanic offerings with a designated National Seafood Month. The king of the mollusk family, the mighty scallop dates back to biblical times. It is a symbol of fertility and pilgrimage with its gorgeous symmetrical shell incorporated into classical art (Botticelli’s Birth of Venus), Greek mythology, ancient religious ceremonies and architecture.
As a single working mom, I couldn’t spend much time at my kids’ schools during the day, which is probably how I got suckered into organizing an authentic Roman feast for my son’s classically-ennuied seventh-grade Latin class. An end-of-the-school-year celebration, it was an evening event so I really had no excuse.
Spring blusters up quirky climate conditions, pressure changes, and fills the air with pollen and other allergens, creating the perfect storm for headaches of all varieties. Mine are debilitating migraines with a typical assortment of neurological symptoms. For fellow migraine sufferers (27 million in this country alone), here are ways to combat the sneaky foe on two fronts — by avoiding triggers and amping up foods to fend them off.
Many people in our community grieved the loss of San Diego Hospice, which ceased operations in February. It was a large and vital center for the treatment and care of terminally ill patients. But San Diego Hospice served other critical needs as well. It hosted, for example, the largest training program in the country for the extraordinary men and women who seek to become palliative medicine clinicians, doctors specialized in relieving and preventing the suffering of patients.
I’ve written before about my neighbor Bob’s cat, Tiger. Or actually, former cat Tiger. This wonderful kitty passed away last summer despite heroic treatments to save him. Bob was devastated. But a new and happy feline chapter has begun.
The beloved burger, a culinary national treasure is honored in the month of May with a designated holiday that bears its name. Creative liberal-minded chefs have converted the classic burger into an equal opportunity food allowing a wide range of gustatory groups to earn their grill marks. Here’s a primer to help you celebrate National Burger Month whether you’re a die-hard carnivore, pescavore, pollitarian or vegetarian.
Now that the holidays are well over, I think it’s appropriate to discuss the role of the family photographer, which is about as unappreciated a job as there is. Year after year, occasion after occasion, there is nothing but complaining as the (self- appointed) family archivist attempts to herd the surly assemblage into some kind of order and snap a few pics for posterity.
Here are tips for transitioning into the spring season with energy-boosting foods and ways to shorten time spent in the kitchen.
The day before Easter, I was at the supermarket, which was crowded with ham and chocolate bunny shoppers. Among the other customers was a mom who had a 3-year-old girl in the cart’s seat and a 5-year-old boy riding in the basket. Every 10 seconds or so, the boy reached up and poked his sister in the back causing her to emit a soul-piercing shriek at the top of her considerable lungs. Mom, who was presumably suffering from adaptive catatonia, or alternatively had just undergone an elective lobotomy, never said a single word. Dead-faced, she plodded on.
The man who knocked on my front door pointed to the curb. “Is that your car? Instantly you know there’s no good news to be had. Which doesn’t, of course, keep you from fantasizing he’ll say, “I just wanted to say that I totally love those older model Toyota Corollas. Such classic lines. And SO affordable.”