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Suzanne: What is your favorite food memory?
Terri: My favorite food memory is the one food memory that inspired my life-long passion for baking. I was 6, attending an afternoon party with my mom at her friend, Lana’s house. Lana made creampuffs that looked like swans, and she was kind enough to let me dust them with powdered sugar. I had never seen anything so beautiful before in my life. It was the first time I ever experienced the idea that food could be artful and delicious.
Mia: A favorite food memory is a freezing cold January morning while I was living in Italy. We were making sausages and my friend Itala roasted freshly cut pork chops in her fireplace grill with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper. Eating pork chops and drinking wine at 8 a.m.! My mouth waters every time I think back to that day.
Suzanne: If a great chef were to cook you a birthday dinner, what would the menu be?
Terri: Honestly, my idea for a birthday dinner involves a menu from Judy Rodgers’s Zuni Café. I’d start with a burrata and persimmon salad, then move to a dozen oysters, then have a gnocchi course, then the roast chicken (of course!) and finish with a pavlova with blood orange sorbet.
Mia: My last big birthday we celebrated at Chez Panisse and serendipitously the dessert was a Pear and Huckleberry tart. I grew up in California so huckleberries are near and dear to me. Best “birthday cake” I’ve ever had!
Suzanne: What is your most bizarre food experience?
Terri: Eating a live shrimp. About 10 years ago, I was at my local farmers market with my friends. We met a vendor selling freshly caught wild shrimp. The guy grabbed a shrimp from the tank, ripped off the head and legs and handed it to me, still alive. He encouraged me to try it raw (and alive). It tasted briny and shrimpy and I spent the next four days in a panic that I was going to manifest symptoms of a food borne illness.
Mia: Half a lamb’s head arrived on my plate. It was one of those situations where I couldn’t refuse it, so I ate it. I somehow managed to ignore the eye starring at me, but the jawbone and the teeth (you heard that right – teeth!!) were hard to get around.
Suzanne: What is your favorite food moment in a …. Book/movie/TV Show/song about food?
Terri: Oh my god – too many to mention.
Book(s): I grew up reading the Little House book series. I read them over and over again, and the chapters describing their food have stayed with me to this day. I actually have an idea to write a paper on how I thought Laura Ingalls Wilder was one of the first food writers of our time. A few of the moments that stand out for me: how Laura described tasting lemonade for the very first time, making maple candy by cooling them in freshly scooped snow, simmering baked beans and making an “apple pie” from an unripe, green pumpkin.
Movie: This isn’t really a fair question, because Mia and I have both taught “Movie Night” classes where we screen a foodie movie, then make a dinner inspired by the food in the movie. I’ll let Mia describe the movies she’s screened (because she did the BEST ONES! J). My favorite Movie Night was “Ratatouille.” I served fresh popcorn drizzled with clarified butter and herbs de provence, thyme and Gruyere gougeres, roast chicken and ratatouille presented in the exact spiral pattern in the movie. We’ve also done “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Moonstruck,” “Marie Antoinette,” “Julie and Julia,” and OMG too many more to mention.
TV Show: I’m a sci-fi fan. One of the shows I watched religiously as a kid was Battlestar Galactica. There is scene where the kids from the Galactica spaceship have waffles for the first time on Earth.
Song: “On top of spaghetti”
Mia: She took all the good ones! Lol. Here are a couple more that come to mind. “Bella Martha” Mostly Martha the original version. During the opening credits we see Martina Gedeck putting on her apron and going about setting up her kitchen before dinner service. There is something so authentic about this moment (meditational) that I identify with and love…something cooks all around the world are doing right now.
I just saw a fabulous film “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” a touching story about Jiro Ono who is considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef and his sons. Inspiring story of what it is like to live life as a cook and the photography is amazing and lyrical… you can almost see the sushi sigh.
For something a little less esoteric – I love when Toto steals the hot dog from Professor Marvel in the Wizard of Oz and Aunt Em’s crullers look fantastic!
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