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I hate everything about this word. I hate the look of it, I hate the hard sound of it, I hate the power of it. I hate the hate of it. There is nothing pleasant about the word “faggot”. Even … Continue reading

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Rich as Rockefeller

Having never been a fan of big business (or big business guys, for that matter), it struck me as odd that I should want to make something that pays homage to the grandfather of corporate culture and American oil-dependence. Of course, Rockefeller also donated vast sums of money for education (he was instrumental in the founding of both the University of Chicago and Spelman College, for example) and was dedicated to the eradication of both hookworm and yellow fever.

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Eating Cute

Where I work, we serve rabbit. It’s a delightful dish, but when I describe it to guests, very often I am greeted with head-shaking, gasps of alarm, or– sometimes– the empathetic bunny-twitching of noses. “Oh no, no, no,” I’ve heard … Continue reading

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I’ll Have a Shirley Temple… and Make It Black.

The other night at work, I watched as a fellow server carried a tray of cocktails to one of his tables. On that tray were three beverages known as Shirley Temples.As he passed me, I commented with mock indignance, “Poor Jane … Continue reading

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Yuba City.

A little while back, my friend Deborah asked me if I would be interested in learning how tofu was made. I couldn’t think of any good reason not to be interested, so I said, “Yes,” and met up with her … Continue reading

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How Not to Serve Tapenade

The olive tree has provided food, shelter, light, and lubrication to half of my ancestors for the past few thousand years. Those swarthy Mediterraneans who kindly passed along their sun-loving, cancer-resistant genes spent generation upon generation cultivating the fruit of … Continue reading

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As Canadian a Breakfast as Possible…

… under the circumstances.* Yesterday marked the Opening Ceremonies of the XXI Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, if you haven’t been paying attention. In its honor or, more correctly, honour, I’ve decided to make a real Canadian breakfast to … Continue reading

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A Quesadilla to Make You Cry

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to fill out a questionnaire about food and my relationship to it. What did I think about the latest food trends? Why is food important? Do I consider myself a “foodie”? (Answer: … Continue reading

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King Friday

A couple of weeks ago at work, our pastry chef, Guillermo, brought up a large, round cake from the pastry kitchen downstairs. Everyone quickly descended upon it. It was devoured within minutes of its initial appearance. “Tell me if you … Continue reading

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Labouyi Bannann: Haitian Comfort

I don’t much feel like being clever today. My thoughts are 3,286 miles away in Port-au-Prince, a city I have yet to visit. Perhaps it is the fact that I live in a city that has been devastated by earthquakes … Continue reading

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