Cooking For Sig

A Sous Chef and Her Stories


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Return from Paradise

imageIt’s been a full and happy month away from this little corner of the internet. It began with a beautiful wedding in the hills of Montecito, the Pacific stretched out below our feet, followed by a little visit to paradise. Ah, Hawaii! We visited Pearl Harbor, hiked Diamond Head and swam with the fishes in Hanauma Bay. But the highlight of the trip was on the Big Island, which we can now confidently confirm (after our second visit) is our favorite little place on earth. It wasn’t the steep climb down the winding trail to the floor of the Pololu Valley, its green cliffs receding above us as we inched closer and closer to the black sand beach. It wasn’t the climb over lava rock and through thorny brush to a secluded cove filled with sea turtles, basking on the shore and swimming just beyond our reach as we waded into the warm turquoise water. Continue reading

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St. Patty’s Day Tofu and Salsa

imageYesterday on my way to work, I saw my first crocus of the season. I nearly cried. And on this morning’s commute, NPR told me that the sun rose at 7:11 am and will set at 7:11 pm, a whole twelve hours of daylight (and more!) from now until June 21st. Ahhhh! Spring! But as I’m traipsing past flowers and basking in 68 degree weather, my friends and family back home just survived another snowfall. This makes 2014/2015 the snowiest winter in Boston since 1995/1996. To be honest, I have no specific recollection of that winter. I’m sure I had lots of snow days, home from school, helping my parents shovel, taking my sled to St. John’s Seminary and riding down the hill on the backside of the property. I can’t imagine I had any complaints. It’s funny how adulthood and all its accompanying commitments change our perspective on the piles (and piles) of snow that accumulate on our yards and roofs and sidewalks and streets. For someone like me, who has still not acquired all the trappings of a legitimate adult life (like a car or a driveway or high heels or a child or a commute that requires actual commuting), I still love winter. My walk to work takes 40 minutes rain, snow, or shine, so it really makes no difference to me. The cold and snow make being inside cozy and being outside refreshing. Seriously, I have no complaints. Continue reading


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Veggies and Weddings

imageIt’s been a while since I last posted. I have my reasons. First, the internet and I aren’t really getting along right now. There’s nothing like a Facebook hacking to sour me on the idea of sharing private information in a public forum. But don’t worry, the internet and I are working out our differences and rebuilding trust, we should be back on good terms very soon. Second, life got busy! I spent Saturday consuming a misguided combination of wine, champagne, and hard alcohol at a fabulous bachelorette party in Charlottesville. The bride-to-be is a dear friend, whose family owns the house next door to ours in Rangeley. She and her sister were my summertime best buddies. We swam and water-skied together. Took up old lady hobbies, like knitting and needle point. We camped out overnight on the boat and in a tent in the yard. We baked cookies and ate half the dough. We even cooked elaborate meals together with multi-course menus that we handed out to our parents before plating their food. Continue reading