EEEEEEEEEEEE! Look what my friend gave me!


Yes! It’s a KitchenAid stand mixer! Mine died a couple of years ago and I have YEARNED, I have read recipes and despaired of making them, but now ALL THAT IS AT AN END. Thank youuuuuuu, kind friend! What should I make first?

I am strongly considering this Plum and Polenta Cake from The Tucci Cookbook, a lovely cookbook featuring, among other things, photos of Stanley Tucci in an apron using the brick oven in his backyard. Also, I need to share this piece of information with you:

STANLEY TUCCI [on proscuitto with figs]: “I find it to be an elegant and profoundly sexual appetizer–but since this is a family cookbook I’ll leave it at that!”

So, you know, if you want to add artistic verisimilitude to your fantasies about a dinner date with Stanley Tucci.

I’m adding a new feature to my blog posts, self-explanatorily entitled “Research book I am currently most excited about.” This week’s entry: The Rise of Provincial Jewry by Cecil Roth, 1950.

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