Month: February 2014


Thank you, Shirley Temple.

The sight of a bright pink glass studded with fizzy bubbles and plump, maraschino cherries sliding across the bar towards me always made me feel like “one of the adults” no matter how childlike and fluorescent my glass was.  With short, little legs swinging, I would belly up to the bar and confidently order my Shirley Temple the way other gents ordered their scotch.  The number of maraschino cherries was absolutely proportionate to the size of the smile I flashed to the bartender too.  One cherry and I felt like I’d been stiffed.  Your first Shirley Temple was almost a right of passage in childhood. According to Shirley herself, she had nothing to do with the mocktail whose origins are somewhat disputed.  Several Hollywood restaurants claim to have created the drink in the 1930s.  Regardless of where it started, most variations of the beverage include either ginger ale or lemon-lime soda (sometimes both), with a  splash of grenadine syrup and maraschino cherries. Growing up, our overnight sitter was a wonderful woman named Jackie.  She was …

Main Dishes

Seared Elk Ribeye Steaks with Maple Mascarpone Grits

Begging to stay up late, scouring the JC Penney catalog for replica athlete wear, and dreaming of witnessing sport history in the making.  Two weeks every two years were completely preoccupied with Olympic obsession when I was a kid. And I did rock that pink, purple, and white track suit from the ’96 Atlanta games proudly. Not much has changed as an adult.  I’ve traded in my loud-and-proud track suit for more subtle USA mittens but the obsession is the same. I made a huge check on my bucket two years ago when I was lucky enough to attend the London 2012 games and while the summer games will always be my favorite, there really is something to be said for the winter games as well. The artistry of figure skating and hoping this year I’ll learn what a triple salchow is; the knee-gripping excitement of moguls, and the anxiety over the heights reached in ski jumping.  I eat it up. While most parts of the country are exhausted over the snow and cold we’ve …