octoberfest


Jane Forgiel, this one’s for you. 3

Jane Forgiel is my Mom’s mom, my grandmother. She grew up in Maryland, met my grandfather, a young doctor, while working as a nurse, and moved with him to Rhode Island, where she raised seven children. Unlike the Polish recipes of my other three grandparents, the dishes Gram was best known for […]


Serendipity is unpronounceable in German.

Serendipity occurred Saturday night in a German restaurant. Dipping a bite of weisswurst in mustard, I immediately recognized the same sharp, bitter taste I had battled working with turnips, two nights earlier. Cookbook after cookbook, recommended heavy cream or rich caramelization to balance the flavor. Our test kitchen feedback on […]