Category Archives: Dining In and Out

Julia Child’s Kitchen

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, there was nothing I wanted to do more than visit Julia’s kitchen at the new Smithsonian National Museum of American History on the Capitol Mall. The museum has the vibe of the office … Continue reading

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Sabores San Miguel

Last weekend, leafy Parque Juárez, just a few blocks from where we were staying, was the site of a three-day food festival, Sabores San Miguel. Hundreds of people gathered under a tent erected on the basketball court to savor wines, … Continue reading

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The SNAP Challenge, Day 5 (and what I learned)

Yesterday was leftovers day. Breakfast, store-brand rice crispies with half a banana; lunch, leftover tuna pasta salad and an apple; dinner, leftover rigatoni with meat sauce and sautéed escarole on the side. After another rice crispies breakfast this morning—my last … Continue reading

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The SNAP Challenge, Day 4

Two days to go and I’m out of fresh vegetables and fruit. Day 4 Breakfast: Store-brand rice crispies with soy milk. Canned pears. Day 4 Lunch: Scrambled eggs, cottage cheese, whole-wheat toast. Tomato soup made by blending the contents of … Continue reading

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The Snap Challenge, Day 3

The headline in today’s business section is “Twitter Prepares to Feed New Hunger for IPO’s.” My thoughts are about different kind of hunger, that of the millions of Americans who have to feed themselves for less than $5 a day … Continue reading

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The SNAP Challenge, Day 2

So far, this is fun. I’m realizing how much money we waste on name-brand food. With a few exceptions, lower-cost products, prepared well, taste just as good. As a design journalist I’ve done several articles on food packaging. And the … Continue reading

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Taking The SNAP Challenge, Day 1

Can two people eat for five days for less than $50? SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The SNAP Challenge is a nationwide program during October, “Hunger Awareness Month,” that encourages participants to experience … Continue reading

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Straw Bale Gardens

Last week I visited friends in Huntington, New York, where we enjoyed a vegetarian potluck while listening to the gentle waves of Long Island Sound lapping on the shore of a small private beach. “Do you know anything about straw … Continue reading

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A Big Fish Story

Tuesday was family day at the beach, Tiana Beach on the stretch of Dune Road between Westhampton Beach and the end of the road. The weather was perfect, the beach was uncrowded, and the water was fine. Where to have … Continue reading

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Edible Gardening for Dummies

1. Get weekend house (otherwise known as husband’s rabbinical parsonage) with weedy front stoop and small but very sunny back deck. 2. Go to 99-cent store and buy a few seed packets and a bag of potting soil. Find and … Continue reading

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A ‘Chopped’ Contestant, a ‘Chopped’ Judge, and Me

I’m a “Chopped” aficionado. I adore this Food Network show, hosted by Ted Allen of “Queer Eye” fame, which pits four chefs against each other and the clock. It’s just plain fun to watch the competitors sweat, bleed (cut fingers), … Continue reading

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Chinese Banquet at Home

My son, Alex Miller, and new daughter-in-law, Yan Zhang Miller, are here from Beijing. It’s Yan’s first trip to the U.S., and after two weeks in New York, they will be taking a road trip across the country, ending in … Continue reading

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And They Had a Buddha Barn Party

On Saturday evening, environmental/graphic designer David Gibson and comedian Rich Kiamco and threw an engagement party at their Catskills weekend abode, Buddha Barn. Alas, it was raining like crazy, but about 80 guests mingled about the eclectic rooms and porches … Continue reading

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Sonoma Farm Market Breakfast

It all started with a trip to the Sonoma Farmers’ Market on Friday, where our friends Melinda and Robert picked up fresh bread, salad greens, asparagus, strawberries, and eggs. Everyone who lives around here wants to cook and eat “primary … Continue reading

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Italian-Inspired Vegetarian Holiday Buffet

To celebrate a BIG birthday of my (vegetarian) husband Julius, we invited 40 friends — some he’s been close to since high school — to a Sunday evening open house. The menu featured Viana La Place’s Torta di Fungi Porcini … Continue reading

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It’s Spatinental

At Buster’s Café, one of my favorite restaurants, I’m always greeted warmly by the owner, Fidel Hernandez. I’m often there at 6:00 on Fridays — I have an hour in between Kehillat Romemu’s late afternoon band rehearsal and the rockin’ … Continue reading

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