Sunday, September 30, 2007

Hot off the presses

A couple new articles out this month:
  • I reviewed Mike Hayes' Googling God on Busted Halo, a Web site for which I'm a contributing editor. (Nice job, Mikey!)
  • I contributed to this month's cover feature in Lake magazine: 31 Unforgettable Eats. What fun it was to be able to write about some of my favorite hometown eats: pizza crusts from Bova Bakery, Scottish struan rolls from Mackenzie's Bread Shop and granola cookies from South Haven's Cafe Julia.
  • For Columbusites: "The revival house." Newark's Midland Theatre is one of Central Ohio's feel-good arts stories--a once abandoned space is now enjoying a second act. In Columbus Monthly's October issue.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Lunch with Julee

I've neglected my blog as of late--I've been too busy eating and cooking! (And um, working.) One of the more fun things I did last week was to attend the Thurber House lunch and book signing with Julee Rosso, co-author of The Silver Palate Cookbook. I had once interviewed her by phone, but had never seen her up close and personal. The whole event, held at the Columbus Museum of Art, had a very ladies-who-lunch vibe, and my friend Claudia and I were the youngest ones there by several years. No matter. We had a great time. Since Claudia's a very talented photographer, I asked her to take the photo of the delectable plate of desserts at our table.

Our chicken salad and lemon soup were prepared using Silver Palate recipes, which made the meal even more special. Julee's remark's were fun and spontaneous, and I loved hearing her story about how her life's work unfolded in unexpected ways. "Everything was done upside-down and backwards before we got it right," she said.

As one might expect, she preached the gospel of seasonal and local produce. "Our new rock stars are going to be our local farmers," she said.

After lunch I got to catch up with Dispatch food editor Robin Davis. I've always admired her work, and she was the first editor to invite me to write a food article for publication. (After I wrote her, e-mailed her, called her, and called her again, that is. For a beginning writer, persistence is key. ) I haven't done any food stories for the 'spatch since beginning my job as an editor at the Big Company, but I hope to sometime again soon.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Chocolates to covet

Swoon. Moonstruck has just launched their fall line of chocolates. The apples and leaves are just too cute!