At Home with Algonquin: Fresh Tomato Tart from Seasoned in the South

July 7, 2011 • 3 Comments

I’ve always avoided turning on the oven in the summer. Growing up in an old house in the north meant that we didn’t have air conditioning through the warm Pennsylvania summers and the heat from…


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When The Big Man Joined The Bookshelf

1 Comment June 24, 2011 • 1 Comment

I’m sure that like me you have a bookshelf or two that’s dedicated to those very special books—literary treasures that stand out because they’re signed first editions, personal favorites, rare galleys, or sentimental works that…


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For the Love of Veggies: Algonquin Cooks with Donia Bijan’s Maman’s Homesick Pie

3 Comments June 22, 2011 • 3 Comments

I am an unashamed lover of vegetables. When I decided to become a vegetarian at the age of 12, I spent the first couple of years subsisting on bread, oatmeal, apples … and bread. But…


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This Easter get Seasoned in the South

No Comments April 21, 2011 • No Comments

Easter is my favorite family-oriented holiday. No gifts, just food. The weather is warm but not hot. The flowers are in bloom. Everybody comes home from church in their whites and pastels, ready to sit…


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Why I Love Books March Roundup

3 Comments March 31, 2011 • 3 Comments


I don’t know about you, but it seemed like “March Madness” extended beyond basketball this year.

1. Date a Girl Who Reads. Last month I featured an essay by a man warning against dating…


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Eugene O’Neill’s favorite cocktail

4 Comments March 17, 2011 • 4 Comments

For our literary St. Patrick’s Day cocktail needs (yes, that’s a real need), we must look to the great drinkers of the Irish-American lit tradition. In fact, I didn’t have to look very far, because…


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Happy Mardi Gras! How To Make a King Cake

4 Comments March 9, 2011 • 4 Comments

Before , my experience with New Orleans was comprised of beignets at Café du Monde, my first (and hopefully last) hurricane, and a visit with a psychic (he may not have possessed mind-reading powers,…


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Why I Love Books February Roundup

2 Comments March 1, 2011 • 2 Comments

I always get anxious when writing the word “February.” There are just so many ways it can go wrong. It’s like “Wednesday.” Very confusing. And does anyone really pronounce that first “r”? We should just…


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Algonquin Test Kitchen: Red Velvet Cupcakes

No Comments January 14, 2011 • No Comments

It’s time for another exciting round of what is soon to be America’s favorite gameshow…Name That Substance!

If you guessed leftover props from a Carrie remake or something I would have gladly put in…


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Christmas Week: Recipes from Bill Smith and Camille Glenn

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Christmas Day is now just ten days away, prompting me to reconsider just how much time I have to do all my holiday shopping. I mean, even if I had the money to buy thoughtful…