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An Ode To Olives

Jun 7, 2012

These are the bread of life:
green as oak leaves,
black as lust.

You can taste the desire
almost from smell,

the stuffed ones with pimientos
offer Christmas year-round.

I can see why the dead
might not like them:

too luscious
for the after-life,

earth
on a platter

that keeps
living and living

like schoolgirls
on a starry night.

Meatball Mamas From Around The World

May 31, 2012
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This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

On Mother’s Day, we celebrate not only our own mothers and grandmothers, but all the Moms in our lives, including our own daughters, and daughter in law, the mothers of our grandchildren. Even all the other Moms in our extended family.

Korean Girl Seeks American Food

May 29, 2012
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This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

Mother’s Special Sandwich

May 22, 2012
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This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

Mother’s Special Sandwich

May 22, 2012
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This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

Momma’s Circle Of Love

May 18, 2012

This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

My parents grew up poor and began their marriage in the Depression.  Over time they became wealthy, but Momma remained frugal.  She could not bring herself to buy an expensive cut of meat, and no leftover ever went unused.  That is why it was so special when, for Momma’s 70th Christmas, her ex-daughter-in-law gave her a standing rib roast of prime beef.  She even hired the city’s top chef to show Momma how to cook it.

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We’re still talking about the chicken suqaar from Jamile’s.

Yes, the shrimp rolls at Ben Thahn (Vietnamese) were fresh and delicious. And the tres leches and flan from El Purgarcito (Salvadoran) sweetly capped our afternoon.

But Jamile’s (Somali) chicken suqaar—a stewed chicken dish prepared with greens, salad lettuces, and spongy bread called canjeero—was flat out phenomenal.

Waiting

May 11, 2012

 Julie with her kids picking strawberries at Carrigan Farms last Mother's Day.Edit | Remove

 
This entry is one of our Mother’s Day contest winners. We asked readers for their favorite food memory about mom.

Meat And Potatoes

May 8, 2012
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You can’t have a decent meal without meat and potatoes, my mother insisted. True to her Irish roots, both were mandatory for a balanced meal – especially the potatoes.

Going on a picnic? Lunch meat or hotdogs were the meat and potato chips or potato salad was the side dish.

Having fried chicken? Mashed potatoes were expected. Meatloaf? Mashed potatoes again.  Steak? Baked potatoes came into play.

Let’s admit it: Picking out the perfect Mother’s Day gift is hard. Flowers die in days. Perfume spills. And no one wants junky jewelry.

But books? Ah, a book will always fit and will never need ironing. Even better, it invites the reader to relax, so in honor of the upcoming holiday, I asked some local experts for food-themed book suggestions.

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