Food Stories


TRR photo by Laurie Stuart
Husband Stephen and I eat most of our meals out of hand-built bowls by the late Cecily Fortesque. They are such a wonderful shape and feel—which adds comfort to the meal.

Linguine with white clam sauce

One of the challenges of our hectic lives is preparation of family meals that are quick and relatively inexpensive. With that in mind, pasta with white clam sauce is one of my go-to recipes.

I use canned clams, because they are easy and they are a consistent product.


TRR photos by Jude Waterston
Crispy baked gnocchi alla Romana with rosemary

No nookie

When you work in a shop that specializes in the foods of a foreign country, as I did for 10 years, you often run into customers who aren’t quite sure how to pronounce an ingredient or product they want to purchase.

TRR photos by Laurie Stuart

Homemade spaghetti and meatballs served with Brussels sprouts make for a comforting and nutritious combination.

Spaghetti and meatballs: A comforting combination

When I was a girl, I loved making spaghetti sauce. The recipe was simple: brown one pound of ground beef, add onion flakes, one can of tomato paste, two small cans of tomato sauce, some water (rinsing out all three cans), one teaspoon each of oregano, basil and garlic powder, some salt and pepper and a bay leaf.

TRR photos by Jude Waterston

Resolutions

I’ve never been one to make New Year’s resolutions, partly because I could never think of something substantial-sounding, and I didn’t think I’d remember I’d made a resolution in the first place.

TRR photos by Jude Waterston

Christmas cookies for kooks

I’ve been cooking since I was a little girl, when I first coveted the Easy Bake Oven featured in commercials on television. Ignoring my pleas, but wanting to motivate me, my mother rolled up my pajama sleeves, propped me on a stool, and introduced me to the kitchen stove.

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