Picnics, Cookouts, and Eating on the Stoop | Where the Bagel Meets the Biscuit

Picnics, Cookouts, and Eating on the Stoop | Where the Bagel Meets the Biscuit


BRIAN ADORNETTO is a food writer, professional chef, and culinary instructor. For more information, please visit http://www.loveatfirstbite.net. You can contact Brian at loveat1stbite@msn.com. Every May and June, Southern magazines are bursting with picnic recipes and tips. Each article portrays Rockwellian scenes of either immaculately manicured lawns, blossoming trees, and tables set with colorful linen, silverware, … Continue reading

The Mason Jar: Napoléon, a Penniless Inventor, + Five Brothers From Upstate New York


BRIAN ADORNETTO Until I moved to the South, not only had I never met anyone who “canned,” but I also never knew the term had anything to do with to preserving. In fact, I had always thought of it as more of a “country” or Southern undertaking. However, since moving here, I‘ve become exponentially more … Continue reading

Mayonnaise: The divisive yet not so difficult to make condiment

Mayonnaise: The divisive yet not so difficult to make condiment


Brian Adornetto The mere mention of mayonnaise can trigger a strong response and, sometimes, incite intense arguments. First, come the haters. “Mayonnaise smells disgusting!” “I can’t stand the mouth feel!” It’s “slimy,” “gloppy,” or “gross-looking!” To those curmudgeons, I merely say to each his or her own. Now, I would like to speak to my … Continue reading