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Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
—Michael Pollan

Feeding nine billion people in a truly sustainable way will be one of the greatest challenges our civilization has had to confront. It will require the imagination, determination and hard work of countless people from all over the world. There is no time to lose.
—Jonathan A. Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment, U of MN

The surest way to capture the flavors, colors, and textures of a culture is by using authentic products.
—Lidia Bastianich, from Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen

The most important habit you can develop is to taste as you are preparing something. Take a sample and taste it critically at different stages of the cooking, then correct the seasonings…
—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

Plant a vegetable garden if you have the space, a window box if you don’t.
—Michael Pollan

Imagine Who Is Coming to Dinner

By Margo Davis

Judith Jones at the table

Judith Jones sitting at her kitchen table in New York

Imagine cooking for the food maven of all times, Judith Jones—the doyenne of cookbooks, producer of Julia Child, and editor par excellence!!

I am not even a highly experienced cook. I mean that I do cook and enjoy it but I am a humble student of the culinary arts. Of course, I practiced first… a trial run and all that… artisan made lamb merguez from Pino’s Meat Market on Sullivan St. over spinach and white beans in a garam masala with lots of garlic and some cayenne!! Spicy and flavorful! Wonderful winter’s meal.

And, to be sure, I made a call to make sure that Judith had no food allergies. She said, “I do not believe in them!”

We ate heartily: the lamb merquez on the bed of spicy spinach, crusty bread, a Shafer Red Shoulders Chardonnay to cool the palette against the spice, then a Vermont Brie from Blythedale, and an Espresso macchiato with Madeleines to finish. And, as always, with Judith, great conversation! “Tutti a tavola mangiare e bere,” to quote one of our favorites: Lidia Bastianich.

The punch line is this! I got stomach rumblings in the night and broke out in a sweat…(no pun intended) wondering if I had poisoned my guest! My husband was well, but was Judith?? My first attempts to reach her by phone failed and so I had visions of Judith holding her stomach and barely surviving cramps brought on by my failed culinary efforts!! Happily, no such catastrophe occurred. We both have survived dinner, me to tell the story and also to cook again for one of my favorite friends, Judith Jones.

Margo Davis is a photographer, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother who loves the world of food and enjoys it on both coasts, as well as in her many travels to France.

 

Posted: 4-17-2012

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By Margo Davis

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Imagine cooking for the food maven of all times, Judith Jones—the doyenne of cookbooks, producer of Julia Child, and editor par excellence!!

I am not even a highly experienced cook. I mean that I do cook and enjoy it but I am a humble student of the culinary arts. Of course, I practiced first… a trial run and all that… artisan made lamb merguez from Pino’s Meat Market on Sullivan St. over spinach and white beans in a garam masala with lots of garlic and some cayenne!! Spicy and flavorful! Wonderful winter’s meal.

And, to be sure, I made a call to make sure that Judith had no food allergies. She said, “I do not believe in them!”

We ate heartily: the lamb merquez on the bed of spicy spinach, crusty bread, a Shafer Red Shoulders Chardonnay to cool the palette against the spice, then a Vermont Brie from Blythedale, and an Espresso macchiato with Madeleines to finish. And, as always, with Judith, great conversation! “Tutti a tavola mangiare e bere,” to quote one of our favorites: Lidia Bastianich.

The punch line is this! I got stomach rumblings in the night and broke out in a sweat…(no pun intended) wondering if I had poisoned my guest! My husband was well, but was Judith?? My first attempts to reach her by phone failed and so I had visions of Judith holding her stomach and barely surviving cramps brought on by my failed culinary efforts!! Happily, no such catastrophe occurred. We both have survived dinner, me to tell the story and also to cook again for one of my favorite friends, Judith Jones.

Margo Davis is a photographer, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother who loves the world of food and enjoys it on both coasts, as well as in her many travels to France.

 

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By Margo Davis

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Imagine cooking for the food maven of all times, Judith Jones—the doyenne of cookbooks, producer of Julia Child, and editor par excellence!!

I am not even a highly experienced cook. I mean that I do cook and enjoy it but I am a humble student of the culinary arts. Of course, I practiced first… a trial run and all that… artisan made lamb merguez from Pino’s Meat Market on Sullivan St. over spinach and white beans in a garam masala with lots of garlic and some cayenne!! Spicy and flavorful! Wonderful winter’s meal.

And, to be sure, I made a call to make sure that Judith had no food allergies. She said, “I do not believe in them!”

We ate heartily: the lamb merquez on the bed of spicy spinach, crusty bread, a Shafer Red Shoulders Chardonnay to cool the palette against the spice, then a Vermont Brie from Blythedale, and an Espresso macchiato with Madeleines to finish. And, as always, with Judith, great conversation! “Tutti a tavola mangiare e bere,” to quote one of our favorites: Lidia Bastianich.

The punch line is this! I got stomach rumblings in the night and broke out in a sweat…(no pun intended) wondering if I had poisoned my guest! My husband was well, but was Judith?? My first attempts to reach her by phone failed and so I had visions of Judith holding her stomach and barely surviving cramps brought on by my failed culinary efforts!! Happily, no such catastrophe occurred. We both have survived dinner, me to tell the story and also to cook again for one of my favorite friends, Judith Jones.

Margo Davis is a photographer, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother who loves the world of food and enjoys it on both coasts, as well as in her many travels to France.

 

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Imagine cooking for the food maven of all times, Judith Jones—the doyenne of cookbooks, producer of Julia Child, and editor par excellence!!

I am not even a highly experienced cook. I mean that I do cook and enjoy it but I am a humble student of the culinary arts. Of course, I practiced first… a trial run and all that… artisan made lamb merguez from Pino’s Meat Market on Sullivan St. over spinach and white beans in a garam masala with lots of garlic and some cayenne!! Spicy and flavorful! Wonderful winter’s meal.

And, to be sure, I made a call to make sure that Judith had no food allergies. She said, “I do not believe in them!”

We ate heartily: the lamb merquez on the bed of spicy spinach, crusty bread, a Shafer Red Shoulders Chardonnay to cool the palette against the spice, then a Vermont Brie from Blythedale, and an Espresso macchiato with Madeleines to finish. And, as always, with Judith, great conversation! “Tutti a tavola mangiare e bere,” to quote one of our favorites: Lidia Bastianich.

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Margo Davis is a photographer, friend, wife, mother, and grandmother who loves the world of food and enjoys it on both coasts, as well as in her many travels to France.

 

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3 responses to “Imagine Who Is Coming to Dinner”

  1. Wow, this post is nice, my younger sister is analyzing these things, thus I am going to let
    know her.

  2. Bob Loy says:

    I’ve known Judith for 20 years and have NEVER been worried about cooking for her….and I’m a hack in the kitchen! That’s because it’s the company that matters…not what’s being served!

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