Stracciatella and Jazz Italian Style

Decided on a staycation in New Orleans this week for my hard-won week off. What a delight to live in a city where just participating in the social fabric feels as though I have gone far away (from work). Of course this week is a little better than average for NOLA—it is Jazz Fest—which brings […]

Chicken-Andouille Gumbo and Bread Pudding

Well if I had pralines for breakfast, I suppose it’s a sign that I’m returning to good health (or rather, evidence that indeed I do share genetic material with the estimable lifelong confectioneer, Ruth Broomfield.) Between Whiplash and Birdman, jazz featured prominently this year at the Academy Awards, and something about jazz gets me in a […]

Pane di Como Antico

God Bless the Child who’s got his own.  Mm. I think I might have made Lady Day proud with the recording we laid down last night of her signature song.  It was like a dream. One take; nailed it. After the radio silence, the saxophone player from Boston looked at me through the studio glass […]

Champagne Spinal Tap Fondue

A toast to the first week of neurology after which I am proud to report that I am batting a thousand in my lumbar puncture record. Three for three glistening champagne spinal taps. I credit the success to having had a surgery rotation preceding—my hand has been steadied to some degree from holding things far […]