Icebox Corn and Pea Soup

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If there's an overarching rule that dictates what I cook in my humble Midwestern kitchen, it's a deeply instilled desire to waste less that ultimately sways my decisions. It's a trait I was born with, I'm pretty sure. I have one memory in which I must have been about six years old where I got rather upset that someone in the house was about to open a new box of cereal when there was one already open. (Or, it could have been that I really ...

I Think I’m Ready

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I think I'm ready. I'm ready for these dragging winter days to morph into puddle-filled, no-jacket afternoons. I'm ready to taste the crunch of the my first spring radish. I'm ready for flowers to bloom, to feel grass beneath my feet. I'm ready to be on the water, in the water, near the water. I'm ready to eat endless ice cream. I'm ready to feel the wind in my face during a long springtime bikeride. I'm ready to feel the sun on my back, to wear shades, and sandals. These sentiments are not ...

A Springtime Walk Through New York City

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Late April is a beautiful time for New York City. The trees bud in various vibrant hues, runners pull out their running gear and hit the streets, patio seating turns from a distant memory into a reality once again. The sunlight is energizing and I can't seem to keep myself inside. Food awaits discovering, and is found during on-a-whim Brooklyn jaunts. Fish tacos were consumed off Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg at the eclectically-decorated Rosarito Fish Shack. And it turns out Bed-Stuy has a killer kolache recipe at Brooklyn Kolache Co. ...

A Taste of Springtime tRuths

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Is it just me, or are the first few warm days of almost-spring an exceptionally anxious time? The first day  it's finally appropriate to transition from my puffy "burnt marshmallow" down coat to a lighter get-up, all I can think about is how much I want to play some casual baseball, walk long distances aimlessly, or eat ice cream -- and preferably all three at the same time. That first unusually warm day is a magical euphoric moment of awaking from a hibernation I didn't quite realize I'd been ...