The Spy Who Came in With the Butter

The Spy Who Came in With the Butter

an Fleming, 007’s creator, “describes in some detail seventy meals that James Bond consumes or considers eating.”* Culinary themes seem to go hand-in-hand with sleuths and spies of all stripes like Diane Mott Davidson’s caterer, Goldy Schulz; Robert Parker’s private...
A Visit to Chef Basil’s

A Visit to Chef Basil’s

A VISIT TO CHEF BASIL’S or THE WEEKS BEFORE CHRISTMAS [ Link: http://www.nightbeforechristmas.biz/ ]   I lived in an apartment on West 23rd Street in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood when I attended the New York Restaurant School. One of the things I...
Yule Logs

Yule Logs

When can you eat a log if you are not a beaver? The answer is: At Christmas time when the edible version is known as a Yule Log cookie or cake. A Yule Log Cookie is a Sweet Basil favorite at our annual HOLIDAY COOKIES classes. We form a type of sugar cookie dough into...
Cookie, Cookie, Lend Me Your Tome

Cookie, Cookie, Lend Me Your Tome

Queen Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603) came up with the idea of having gingerbread cookies baked in the shape of people and decorated to honor noble visitors to her court. So the Gingerbread Man has been around a long time and quickly became a popular guy at Christmas time....
Wine, Women & (What Glorious) Song

Wine, Women & (What Glorious) Song

This is a subtitle for your new post “Long live women, long live good wine! Sustenance and glory of human kind!” So sings Don Giovanni in the opera that bears his name and was first performed in 1787 in Prague. With music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and a libretto by...
Tea, Ice, and Hot Weather

Tea, Ice, and Hot Weather

The most frequently asked question at our Cooking School for the last 22 years has been “What is this tea?” And now the same question is being asked in the Market Cafe. It is Tropicana Tea and it has been making friends for us for a long time. We serve Tropicana iced...