Mom’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I’ve often touted the benefits of cooking, especially as a source of comfort.  In times of sorrow, the smell of baked goods can heal the heart just a little.  The aroma can evoke memories of meals lovingly prepared and holidays past.  For at least a moment, you can fondly recall happier times and smile thinking…

Eggplant Two Ways

Instead of zucchini coming out of my ears, this summer’s weekly veggie share has brought me an over-abundance of aubergines.  Purple, white, yellow, green and multi-colored!  A virtual rainbow of eggplants in all shapes and sizes. But what to do with them all.  Frying was an obvious choice, especially with the very ripe Heirloom and…

Cooking A Deux

Cooking with someone else can be challenging.  With limited kitchen space, you may be constantly on top of each other.  One person might be obsessed with following every word of a recipe, and the other may prefer to experiment.  Much like a vacation, it can bring two people closer together or tear them apart.  If…

The Science of Mac and Cheese

According to Modernist Cuisine at Home, sodium citrate is the key to “silky smooth” mac and cheese.  And there is no substitution.  The cookbook claims you can find it in the kosher aisle of grocery stores.  Not true.  And not even in NYC where kosher sections abound.  Frustrated after searching in dozens of stores, I…