Monthly Archives: August 2012

Thanks, Harriet.


Growing up Italian-American, I always associated raw tomatoes with a gush of olive oil, copious salt, and basil. Most of the time, to be perfectly honest, I still do.
I am also a voracious reader, and identified closely with Harriet from Harriet the Spy. Harriet the spy ate a tomato sandwich for lunch, daily, without fail. And she spied on her neighbors and wrote down her observations in a clandestine, top security notebook. I mean, I loved tomatoes and notebooks-it was a match made in heaven.
There was one issuer, however-Harriet took her tomato sandwich on white bread, with MAYONNAISE.
As I child, I hated mayo. And everyone (Italian) knew you didn’t serve a tomato sandwich on limp, white, non-crusty bread. Seriously.
Fast forwarding to adulthood, I made one of those discoveries so many of us make when taking responsibility, for the first time, for truly feeding ourselves. It wasn’t mayo I hated-it was the fat-free, taste free version my mother preferred.
Recalling Harriet, I tried again-

The unctuous mayo against the crisp, bright, garden-fresh tomato, with the flimsy white bread acting as a lackluster crouton, unable to contain the juiciness (or, in my house at the moment, the sandwich flat bread-gotta make up for the real mayo calories somehow!) It is a three-napkin meal of late summer deliciousness.
Thanks, Harriet.


It All Starts With One Green Bean.

This is my very first green bean I have ever grown:

And this, that you are reading, is my very first food blog post I have ever written.
How does one start a food blog, anyway?
A “this is about” blah blah thingy, I suppose.
I have anxiously brooded over this launch, because food is hot right now, and the field of food bloggers is increasingly crowded. What do I have to deliver, I ask myself, that is different?
Rather than market to you the little I came up with, I invite you to try a bite of this new venture.
Jump into the salad bowl, if you will.

We will see what we gather from the harvest.