The Simple Sandwiches of the 60's

In the mood for a sandwich while I was shopping at Central Market recently, I wandered over to the "build your own sandwich" bar.  There was a very detailed set of instructions on how to do this seemingly complicated task.  Next to the…

Mom's Japanese Cucumbers

My Japanese mother was obsessed with her cucumbers.  She compared her memory of thin, almost seedless, sweet cucumbers with edible skin to the wax-covered, tough, bitter, seed-filled burp-causing cucumbers in America and understood why so many…

My Love and Hate Relationship with Food

I hardly ever think about this anymore, but recently I was reminded of my early cooking experiences.  These are not the cooking experiences of my adulthood when I was raising children and entertaining friends, but the times when I was a young…