Another Year Over…

And a new one just begun. Despite not being Christmas, and despite no war being over, I have officially survived another year. Now that I’m safely back in the South–where I feel more than anywhere else a true sense of belonging–I’m getting all warm/fuzzy reflective. And of course, my year goes from June to May … More Another Year Over…

Hasselback Chicken

I want to make a play on words with Hassle-ing the Hoff, but I’m not sure how to work it in. Plus, how many people nowadays would get THAT reference? I suppose if I wanted to be more “modern”, I could make an (only?) decade-old Justin Timberlake pun: “I’m bringing hassel back.” Clearly, finals are … More Hasselback Chicken

Bread Pudding

I’m getting ready to go back home (something which makes me more excited than I can express), and so I’m thinking more about “Southern” foods. Some items I specifically miss because I (could? would?) NEVER order them/find them up north. A summary: Blenheim’s Ginger Ale (available at Whole Foods. I’m a “red cap” chick–they make … More Bread Pudding

Peach Caprese Salad

N.B.: This is HIGHLY politically incorrect. It is not meant to be culturally and/or racially insensitive, though it’s a distinct possibility people will think it is. I find those I’m discussing to be awesome and they are some of my favorite colleagues; and trust me…I take it as well as I dish it (and as … More Peach Caprese Salad

Salmon Tacos

Mexican food is one of my mother’s favorites, though I doubt many in our family ever had “authentic” Mexican. My mother maybe had some when visiting her brother’s starter family in Guadalajara in the early 1980s, but that’s a “strong maybe” and over 30 years ago. So growing up, Mexican food to me meant self-assembling … More Salmon Tacos

On Food (Service)

Three instances at two restaurant/bars have disturbed me this week. Only two did I “experience” first-hand, but I will try to give all three equal space: This one I heard about through Facebook. Another scientist in my field/colleague, who is American but whose family is Japanese, was at a fusion/chain Chinese restaurant in a U.S. … More On Food (Service)