summer


Red, White and Waldorf. 3

“You’ve got to serve something red, white and blue,” says Valerie, a U.S.Department of State employee by day, farmer on nights and weekends (God, I love DC!). We were discussing the catering menu I was planning in celebration of a friend’s recent citizenship. “What’s blue besides blueberries,” I thought. “Besides, they’re not […]


Tell me I’m not alone. 1

Aside from Sylvester’s famous expletive, I thought succotash was one of those weird, dated American farm dishes where lots of unappealing vegetables were cooked down, in large batches, into an equally unappealing mush that inspired fond, parochial memories, while no one actually wanted to eat it. I was wrong. Liz […]


A dish best served cold. 1

Cold soups always seem like a special indulgence. It’s like getting to eat dessert before dinner. As a kid, when I first discovered these blends of fruit and yogurt at Judie’s restaurant, I loved the sugary sweet flavors of blueberry and strawberry in a barely thinned soup (served alongside my […]