Showing posts from June, 2014

Estonian Deviled Eggs

The Recipe: Deviled Eggs Estonian-style with a secret ingredient that might surprise you: butter! The Conversation: Why 2014 is an especially fascinating time to visit Estonia, which shares a border with Russia and whose independence was restored only twenty-three years ago. Skip straight to the photos, if you like. Twas a fascinating time, 2014, to visit cities along the Baltic Sea, especially Finland and Estonia which each share a border with Russia – and a history of Russian occupation. Their capital cities of Helsinki and Tallinn are only 50 miles apart, separated by the cold waters of the Gulf of Finland. (It's not unlike the separation and affinity between Miami and Havana, say.) In the times following the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Finland became independent in 1918 and Estonia in 1918 - 1920. But Estonia's independence was short-lived. During World War Two, Estonia lost a quarter of its people: the country was invaded by the Russians, the Germans and then the Russ…

For Clean, Sharp Tomato Slices, Invest in a Tomato Knife:
One Quick Tip

Ever struggle with ragged edges on sliced tomatoes? For anyone who loves summer's best ripe tomatoes, consider investing in a tomato knife, a short serrated knife that cuts tomatoes into clean, sharp slices. This is the latest in an occasional series of posts I call "One Quick Tip" ... because, well, each one includes just a single quick tip, quick to absorb, easy to adopt, memorable to use. Do you have One Quick Tip you'd like to share? Leave a comment or send me a quick e-mail via This time, I'd love to hear about an inexpensive kitchen tool that you find indispensable, one that really makes life easier, one that's worth keeping around even if it has just a single purpose. Old or new, big or small, I'd love to know what's useful in your own kitchen! SUMMER TOMATOES ARE (SOON?) HERE! Just yesterday, we harvested the season's very first tomato from our backyard garden here in eastern Missouri, a sweet golden tomato with…