Category Archives: Food Memories

(Not Really) Satisfying

I just heard an ad for raspberry cheesecake flavored Yoplait. Like so many food ads it’s always about satisfying (forbidden, midnight etc.) cravings with something sweet, indulgent and “satisfying.” But eating food which is engineered specifically to keep you eating … Continue reading

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To Nourish

Etymology: Middle English nurishen, from Anglo-French nuriss, stem of nurrir, norrir, from Latin nutrire to suckle, nourish; akin to Greek nan to flow, noteros damp, Sanskrit snauti it drips. The etymology of words fascinates me–how the sound of a word … Continue reading

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I Bet You CAN Eat Just One

The title of this post is the tagline of a Lay’s Potato Chip ad. It’s a pretty neat summation of the food industry’s approach to selling processed foods. And since I’m in an oppositional mood lately and walking headlong into … Continue reading

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Why Reflect on the Foods We Ate in Childhood?

Our memories about food are the foundation for all our food issues, or non-issues (there are some folks who don’t have issues with food–there must be :). An affectionate, friendly curiosity uncovers the feelings than underlie choices. It isn’t necessary … Continue reading

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The Sweetness of Macaroni and Cheese

White carbs and processed cheese-what could be better? Just about anything of course, but if you grew up in the 60’s and 70’s, the heyday of “labor saving” processed foods, white elbow macaroni baked with sliced cheese was one of … Continue reading

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Scones

In my 20’s, in my full-blown compulsive eating and bulimia phase, scones and muffins were at the top of my food list. They were binge foods as well as on the daily menu. I loved them with a cup of … Continue reading

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Love is a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or at Least That’s What I Thought

A while ago, when writing about my style of cooking, I said it was “utilitarian,” meaning purely functional, without emotion–prep, cook, wash up with all speed and efficiency. When I wrote that, I was thinking about famous chefs and gourmands … Continue reading

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