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There are several reasons to follow Jessica Seinfeld (aka Mrs. Jerry Seinfeld) on instagram. The most obvious is that she is at least as funny if not funnier than her famous husband, the comic. She is also a mother and cookbook author. She has two dachshunds who appear in her stream in costumes with modulated voices. The effect is stunning. They sound a little bit like the Chipmunks, but funnier. She always entertains, but she is also very instructive:
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Her no nonsense approach to eating and her high comedy make her my favorite stream to watch. I highly recommend her work to anyone. You get to see the world with the Seinfeld family and share their ups, downs, and jokes. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do, gentle reader.
One of the most symbolic of all the foods we harvest in the fall is the pomegranate. This is the fruit of the dead Hades gave the goddess Persephone before she was retuned to her mother. The pomegranate seeds she ate in the underworld created a magical bond she could not break. She was doomed to return to Hades for three months each year. This complicated story is about birth and death, cycles and seasons, sabotage and fate. She was kidnapped and raped by her husband Hades who planned to keep her forever. Persephone’s mother, Demeter, goddess of fertility, went into such a tizzy about her daughter’s kidnapping that Zeus, her husband, finally relented and brought Persephone back to her. The entire incident could have ended at that, but the pomegranate seeds she ate magically sealed her relationship with Hades and the underworld. She was, after all, since her kidnapping and rape, the queen of the underworld. Now we have three months of winter, and during that time Demeter will not produce crops or warmth for the land. Each spring when Persephone returns from her underground realm life begins anew and Demeter gets busy providing ample food for humans.
The ruby red color and the delicious taste of the pomegranate makes an exotic ingredient in all kinds of dishes and drinks. Here are a few ways to honor Persephone and enjoy the season:
Pomegranate molasses is available at Middle Eastern grocery stores, and is a wonderful ingredient. It is very handy at the bar. This beautiful alcohol free drink is named after the queen of the underworld:
Last but certainly not least I leave you with a recipe for an exotic cocktail with chocolate covered pomegranate seeds:
Peak Pear season is upon us and I couldn’t be happier. These Bartletts will be perfect to slice and bake with brie and port wine for an evening bite. We have that simple combination a few times during the season with different varieties as they ripen. The versatility of pears makes them good from breakfast until midnight snack.
Very simple pear preparations include:
If you want to do some special baking pears will enhance pastries, cakes and other desserts:
Don’t for get the cocktail hour:
Pears keep well so we will have them all winter from different parts of the country. I hope you will enjoy the season as much as we do at our house. What are your favorite ways to eat pears? Do you have a favorite variety? Mine is Comice, very hard to transport, but worth the effort if you can find them. Bon appetite!!
Two of the internet’s most darling substances are having their national recognition months in August. Before twitter I can’t imagine how people stayed filled up with bacon and coffee. Now there is a digital sip and a crunchy imaginary bite around every corner. To tweet with no coffee is to tweet a dull stream. A month of coffee celebrations could leave the nation jittery, but the addition of bacon means we are risking putting on some porky pounds in the process. I imagine that National Bacon Month will attract the seriously obsessed, while the coffee month will go mostly unnoticed outside of Starbucks. The good news about both of these months is that you do not need to indulge in or purchase any bacon or coffee to party with your digital friends. The use of both digital bacon and digital coffee is ubiquitous. To refuse it or to mention your dietary restrictions is very silly when all you have to do is digitally toast your coffee and share your bacon. The official International Bacon Day is the Saturday before Labor Day. Can you think of the best festive way to cheer up all your friends this month by serving coffee and bacon, or dressing up like these items? Here are some dedicated posts ready to stir your creativity about bacon.
If you had to go to a desert island and have only coffee or only bacon for a month, which one would you choose? I would go with coffee. Are you planning to celebrate either of these special occasions? What are your plans? What could be more important than this?