(More) Pimento Cheese

September 15

Where: Davidson, NC

What: Pimento Cheese, Farmers' Market Pomodoro Sauce

Back in Charlotte, I had a reading at Park Road Books in the evening. I made pimento cheese again (this time, restraining myself to two crackers-full) and then came home to make a very simple, but sublime tomato sauce from farmers market, ripe tomatoes, garlic and olive oil. Served it over tagliatelle with Parmigiano Reggiano. Mmmmm.

Running the Gamut: From Sliders to Authentic Sushi to Spicy Indian Food

September 12, 2016

Where: Columbus, Ohio

What: Original Sliders, Japanese Food, Home Made Indian

Believe it or not, Columbus, Ohio has an AMAZING food scene. I've lived in 3 countries and nine states-- Only Boston's food scene is better, and even then, it's a close call. Because of the incredible choice of restaurants, I try and hit as many as humanly possible when I am there, either solo or with friends.

This afternoon, I went by myself to Tensuke Market. Well, first I went to the drive thru at White Castle, because, it's WHITE CASTLE, and ordered one cheese slider and one veggie slider (just to try it and it was pretty good!). I am proud to say that I only ate half of each slider, saving room for some of the BEST Japanese food in the Midwest. Tensuke is a Japanese grocery store, surrounded by impeccable Japanese restaurants. But, Tensuke offers a plethora of authentic Japanese foods to-go at ridiculously reasonable prices. I picked up a half dozen salmon onigiri (rice triangles filled with cooked salmon, wrapped in seaweed and UNBELIEVABLY delicious at under $2 a piece), a box of mixed sushi and a shopping cart brimming with Japanese groceries to take back home. My instinct to quell my hunger with a little White Castle starter was on point, as it prevented me from ripping into the onigiri as soon as I got into the car.

This evening, I met a friend for a glass of wine and then carried on to another friend's house for a gathering of buddies from elementary school. I made a spread of spicy Indian dishes that was as sassy as the conversation. Saag Paneer, Chicken Curry, Garlicky Chickpea/Tomato Curry with Basmati and Naan. We all had bad breath and full hearts (some of them burning).

Pizza of My Youth

 I set out on a 13 city book tour to promote my cookbook, Learn to Cook 25 Southern Classics 3 Ways about three months ago. Because almost all of my memories include food, I thought it would be a good idea to keep a log of what I ate on the road.

I'll be posting a new entry every couple of days, but suffice it to say, foods consumed ran the gamut from gourmet to absolutely awful. 

September 11

Where: Columbus, Ohio

What: Pizza of My Youth

After spending some time thinking about the anniversary of this day, I got back on the road, headed for Columbus. I arrived just in time for a marvelous book reading at The Book Loft. So many friends from my baby days came out in support. I was truly honored. 

After the book event I headed straight to Tommy's Pizza (*note: Pizza theme*). Tommy's is the pizza of my youth. It's got a cracker-like crisp crust with loads of mozzarella baked until golden brown. The pie is cut into small squares and it is IMPOSSIBLE not to eat a few pieces as one drives home with a to-go order. Like, it's never been done. By anyone. I ordered a small pepperoni and burned the roof of my mouth as I ravenously shoved piece after crunchy, delicious piece into my pie hole on the drive to my dear's friend's house (where I would stay and visit for a few days). I arrived at their house with half a pizza and an apology.

Road Food

September 8 (book launch day) 

Where: Davidson, NC

What: Pimento Cheese and Neapolitan Pizza

This afternoon I ate an impressive amount of pimento cheese. By 'impressive', I mean far too much and done so at alarming speed. I made it to serve at my book launch, which is honestly, one of the most poignant events in my life. It's right up there with my wedding day and birthing my four daughters-- this book is like my fifth child. So to celebrate it's launch into the world I overate.

The book launch, at Main Street Books, in Davidson, NC was beautiful, meaningful and delicious. After, my husband, children a few friends and I went to our favorite pizzeria where we ate a truffle pizza and a margarita, with a few glasses of wine. It was perfect.