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MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Mushroom Crack Recipe?

September 15, 2017

A friend shared the below recipe for “Wild Mushroom Dip,” except she (offhandedly and ironically) called it “Mushroom Crack Dip.” Is that fair? Calling food “crack” is a form of hyperbole, and is often found in food writing. ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Loukamades

September 15, 2017

“So Nick, what is a good Greek dessert to make for a large group of people, if you want to reach a little further than baklava?” – Laurel and Pam   Thank you for your question, Laurel and Pam, which you sent me recently via Facebook ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Ten Rules of Life

September 15, 2017

You do not need to go to the mountaintop. This wise, bearded cave-dwelling yogi lives right here at the Legal News. Yes my friends: my life’s experience, and the considerable tuition I’ve paid in the school of hard knocks, have taught me the following ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Nobody Goes There Anymore"

September 15, 2017

I told someone I loved about a highly-regarded restaurant in her city, Portland, Oregon. She just sighed and shook her head.  I immediately thought of Yogi Berra.   Berra is in the Hall of Fame for baseball, but many know him chiefly through his ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: Jamaican Breakfast

September 15, 2017

One of the things I love about travel is trying the local cuisine. When I’m lucky, I get to try foods I’ve never tasted, or even heard of. A recent trip to Jamaica found me doing just that. Yes, there was the ubiquitous jerk chicken and Red Stripe ...

MAY IT PLEASE THE PALATE: "Things Servers Say to Drive Me Crazy"

September 15, 2017

One of the lesser known events of 2016 was the growth of a secret cult that trains all restaurant servers. I have noticed that no matter the restaurant, plain or fancy, urban or rural, they all utter the same two phrases: Upon greeting, “Hello, I’m ...