Petty Aunts and Stolen Broccoli

Who owns a recipe? How do you know? Does it matter? The answers to these questions are not absolute or universal, but rather rooted in beliefs about skill, expertise, knowledge, and the value of food and cooking. Consider how the characters in this absurdly catchy (and recently viral) TikTok music video would respond to the…

Vermouth Storytelling: ASFS 2020

It has become a familiar feeling in 2020: the wrenching heartbreak of hearing a long-awaited in-person gathering has been cancelled.  Even if one knows it to be the only choice, it stings to mourn the loss of one more thing. That’s why I was delighted when when my favorite annual Food Studies conference was moved…

Basic Vermouth Recipe

This is a general recipe for crafting vermouth in a home kitchen. It’s flexible to the volume of vermouth you would like to make and to the ingredients you have at hand or would like to use. For more vermouth commentary on this site, click here. Ingredients: 2-10 bottles of wine White or red; I…

Frappé, or: my quarantine coffee

Frappé is the ideal quarantine coffee: made of shelf-stable ingredients and designed to pass the time. As the Dalgona coffee craze sweeps Instagram, it is clear folks are looking for ways to spend their time at home by preparing food and drink (see also: sourdough starters). Dalgona coffee (whipped instant coffee, sugar, and hot water…

Quarantine Diary in a Bottle

Compose a boozy diary of your quarantine by making vermouth: bottling scents and flavors from this moment in time to take a snapshot of this self-isolated life. Vermouth is aromatized, fortified wine – that is, wine given a boost of extra flavors and extra booze. Best known in the US as the other half of…