Writing About Food

This month I wrote a story for my favorite publication, Saveur, which was a cool moment in my writing career. The story is about the owner of a great old-school deli a block from where Allie and I live in Hoboken. I focus on the mozzarella this guy makes from scratch every morning. He’s the best around. Check out my piece…

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Two Weeks Meatless…

Slices of Colorful Radishes from the farmers' market for our vegetarian month

…and I have to say I feel pretty fantastic. Since sitting down to grilled flank steak when we were on vacation in March, Allie and I haven’t eaten meat. We’re going to see if we can last a month. So far, so good.

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Charred Carrots (+ Eating Plants)

Blackened carrots with a harissa yogurt sauce

After years of flirting with all-plant diets, Allie and I are finally going to take the plunge and not eat meat for at least a month. For me, meat is more of a spice than a centerpiece. I use meat to flavor pasta, to bring dark salty goodness to stir-fries, to fill tacos with something that will fill me. No longer!

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How to Make Sangria (in the Desert)

Putting fruit into a pitcher to make sangria

After a day in the Arizona sun Allie and I got back to our 5-star hotel (her parents’ house), hit the patio before dinner, and made some sangria. From the patio we could see cacti by the dozen. We could see wavy rock mountains a few miles away. Inspired by our surroundings, we went for a desert-style sangria.

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Mint-Kale Pesto

Pasta with pesto and colorful tomatoes

Mint is the herb of choice here at the Made in Rome. Mint also happens to be one of the staple herbs of Rome itself. The other day, after I came home with a few boxes of crazy pasta shapes, we made some mint pesto.

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Amaro and Amore

A glass and bottle of Amaro Montenegro, a popular Italian amaro drink

Last week I wrote one of the best stories I’ve ever published. It’s a sunburnt 1,500-word run through the summer Allie and I met in Italy, framed as a piece about Amaro Montenegro, an Italian after-dinner drink. This one was fun to write.

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