This is the hardest post I’ve ever had to write. Paka the Cat, my best companion for 15 years, died of heart failure Sunday. I can’t stop sobbing.
Essays and Stories
While watching the Olympics, I was struck by our ability to celebrate both similarities and differences, seemingly without contradiction. And the same holds true in food.
Making homemade wines from raisins or other fruits instead of winegrapes can be just as satisfying as making a fine table red or a crisp white. Aged well, they can be a validation of sorts.
Salmon, especially king salmon, are the pigs of the aquatic world. Large, fatty, with significant differences in flavor from cut to cut, the salmon is, like pork, equally good fresh or cured. And if there is a fish you can get all nose-to-tail on, it is the chinook. If you are lucky enough to come
Can you eat roosters? Yes, you can eat roosters. Here is a story about a strange gift, an unusual challenge, and three very old, very ornery roosters. And as you may well guess, it ends badly for the roosters. To a point. I have become something of our Italian neighbors’ personal rooster assassin. I killed