HORS D’OEUVRES [awr DURV]: Any of various savory foods usually served as appetizers


As I’ve said many times before, there are words in our American English language that come to us directly from another language.   John McIntyre, my colleague who writes the blog, You Don’t Say, says  that we tend to forget that our language is somewhat of a slut, in that it is a language that co-opts […]

CULINARY [KYOO-luh-ner-ee,KUHL-uh-ner-ee] : relating to the kitchen or cooking


It’s almost impossible to scan the channels on a TV these days without realizing how big the culinary world is.  There are whole channels devoted to cooking, eating, and being a foodie.  Even morning news shows and daytime talk shows feel obligated to have a culinary segment in order to keep their ratings.  It’s a […]

GOURMAND: someone who loves food

Our older daughter is a personal chef and caterer*, so there is always a good amount of “food” conversation when she is around.  As someone who was raised in a fairly traditional, middle-class household where American comfort food was the norm, I find myself challenged at times by the introduction of new flavors, tastes, and […]