Anne Wolfe Postic's Recent Articles
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How I Made Pimiento Cheese for an Expat in Italy
I try to be a good house guest, especially when invited to stay at a friend’s country home in Italy for a month, free of charge, with my three children. When my host, originally from South Carolina, expressed her sadness at her inability to find one of our un-official state foods in her new home, you better believe I tried to make it happen. Here’s how I made pimiento cheese, from ingredients we found in a regular grocery store in the Italian countryside.
Jun 21, 2013
A Simple Champagne Wedding Reception in Normandy
It’s been said before, but it bears repeating: The French do everything with style, almost effortlessly. At a recent wedding in Normandy, I learned how to throw a Champagne reception the proper way, in a simple and beautiful setting, with minimalist, yet sublime hors d’œuvre, the perfect complement to Champagne and happiness. I may lack the proper setting at home, but I can definitely try for the menu.
Jun 19, 2013
On Vacation in the Kitchen: Making Do with What I Have
Our home is a five minute walk or drive from Whole Foods, our favorite local market, Piggly Wiggly, Publix and a host of other specialty food shops. I can have almost any ingredient I want within minutes. On Edisto Island, on the other hand, my options are limited and I have to make do with what I can find, like MacGyver.
Jun 12, 2013
5 Steps to the Perfect Bowl of Pasta
How boring is it that I learned the secret to making perfect pasta in Italy? Yes, fresh made pasta is amazing, and no, that’s not the technique I’m about to share with you. (Now that you know I’m not going to talk about fresh made pasta, are you a) disappointed, b) disgusted, or c) totally excited, because pasta should be easy?) My friend’s Italian husband Peldi taught me the five steps to a perfect bowl of pasta: Use the biggest pot you have.
Jun 10, 2013
Why You Should Always Just Say Yes to Water On an Airplane
Dehydration leaves you tired, anxious and queasy. The best thing you can do for yourself on an airplane is drink all the water. Every time you are offered a beverage, just say yes to good old H2O. I do, and I arrive at my destination feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy myself.The other beverages offered by most airlines aren’t even worth it, unless you are in First Class, which I am not. The coffee on airplanes is notoriously bad. (And I’m not all that picky.
Jun 7, 2013
Train Station Sandwiches: My European Travel Necessity
A train station sandwich is positive proof that I’ve arrived in Europe. When the airplane touches down on the runway, I’m not there. As we wait for our luggage and stumble through customs, we aren’t there. When I make my way through Rome, from the airport to the train station, with three children and a month’s worth of luggage, the journey may be coming to an end, but the trip has not yet begun. I have to have the sandwich.
Jun 5, 2013
Family Traditions: Snacks for the Road
Road trips are fun, especially when I don’t have to take the kids. Just me, my iPod (filled with hip hop, R&B, rap and the show tunes nobody else wants to hear) and my favorite car snacks. Junk food for the road! I love a cold diet soda and a bag of spicy chips. Like Pavlov’s dog, my mouth starts to water for that combination as soon as I pull into the first gas station. But when I was younger, we had fire balls.
Jun 3, 2013
On Kids Cooking: How Old Were Your Kids When You Let Them Use the Stove?
My babies will always be babies to me. And I’m often accused of being a little uptight. (My response? Sure, I’m uptight, but nothing really horrible has ever happened to me. Because I’m careful! Too careful!) The idea of letting my babies use a stove, especially our gas stove, with its daring open flame, was unfathomable.
May 29, 2013
Fun in the Kitchen: Silly Utensils that Make Me Smile
I’m a serious person. I was forty years old in my own mind by the time I was in first grade. But having children has made me a little more fun. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and they’ve found some silly kitchen tools that make me smile and are just as functional as their more mature counterparts.My mother had to force me to go outside and play when I was six or seven years old, only to look out the window a few minutes later and find me reading under a tree.
May 24, 2013
Why I Love Wedding Registries (But Still Sometimes Go Rogue)
It seemed silly to register, since only our families and our young, mostly broke friends would be in attendance at the small ceremony. We didn’t expect gifts at all, much less expensive ones we had chosen for ourselves. Most southern towns have a shop like Non(e)such, a beautiful boutique packed with antiques, jewelry, linens and an enormous display of multiple china patterns for wedding registries. My mother got a phone call from one of the ladies there.
May 22, 2013
Lifting the Ban on Italian Cured Meats: Salumi per Tutti!
Have you ever smuggled delicious pancetta home from Italy? Yes, smuggled. As in, broken the law. At the end of this month, your actions may be retroactively legal. (No, I am not a lawyer, so I actually don’t know if you are absolved. So don’t go calling the feds and confessing, okay?) The ban on importing salumi, at least some of it, has been lifted.And are stateside purveyors of cured meat worried? At least one of them isn’t.
May 20, 2013
Recipes from Days Gone By: The Ones I Still Love (And Some I Don’t)
So, you may be thinking to yourself, “That meal looks horrible.” And it was. The only redeemable thing on the plate was the ham loaf in the back. Stirred into an omelet the next morning, it tasted like pancakes and sausage. But I adore old cookbooks, especially from the 70s and 80s, the dawn of the career woman.
May 17, 2013
Grits, Demystified: A Brief Look at a Southern Staple
“It’s the most powerful food in the landscape of American culinary experience,” according to Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills, producer of handmade milled goods from organic heirloom grains. Glenn is a purist. His favorite way to enjoy the delicious milled corn dish is plain, eaten alone and with reverence. I can’t say that most of us southerners are so calm around our grits, but we do love them.
May 16, 2013
Food Art for Kids and My Inferiority Complex
When I was little, “happy meal” meant food in the shape of a face. My parents weren’t fans of fast food and, with four kids, it wasn’t even a bargain. Banana slices with peanut butter for eyes, an apple wedge for the mouth and broken crackers and cheese for all the other features. It was fun! These days, the game has changed. I’m no artist, and my food faces are pretty lame compared to what the internet has to offer.
May 10, 2013
When You Want to Impress the Kids, Make Popovers
Popovers are awesome. You can do anything to them, and all you need to start are some really basic ingredients — flour, milk, salt and eggs — and a muffin tin. You can add grated cheese, Nutella, mashed bananas, your favorite jam, a dollop of ripe mango or a spoonful of last night’s barbecue pork. Sweet or savory, it’s all delicious.
May 8, 2013
How Soft Shell Crabs Helped Me Teach My Children About Where Food Comes From
There are no secrets about food in our home. Our children, if they’re paying attention, know where it comes from and what it was doing before it ended up on the plate. Though we don’t forbid anything, we aren’t shy about letting them know the difference between that fast food chicken sandwich and the chicken we got from Mr. Eubanks at the farmers’ market. Much like adults, kids will eat what they want, in spite of what they know.
May 1, 2013
4 Pizzas and a Burrito: What They Eat When I’m Away
I was out of town for five days. I left food, real food, like vegetables and fruit, all easily indentifiable. I left enough vegetables for a large stir-fry, which I made as an afternoon snack the day after my return, so the aging produce wouldn’t go to waste. I married a man who knows how to cook, a man who shuns junk food, who once shamed me for my fast food drive-through habit. I had three wonderful sons with that man. Somewhere along the way, he chose pizza as a food group.
Apr 29, 2013
The Cure for Party Anxiety: Letting Go of Perfection
Do you have entertaining anxiety? I did (and I still come down with a touch of it every now and then, especially if someone important is invited). How did I get over it? It dawned on me that I had never once resented being invited to someone’s home. I never wondered, “Chips and dip? BYOB? Really? That’s it?” or “Wow. Look at that stain on the sofa. These people are real slobs.” Nope.
Apr 24, 2013
It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow with Julia Turshen
Full Disclosure: I like Gwyneth. I might even be a little obsessed. She’s more or less my age and, for a very brief time in the mid 90s, I was told we looked alike. I’ll take it. I was first aware of Gwyneth when we were in high school (not together, of course). I was once quoted anonymously in my school paper. She was in an Esprit ad next to it.
Apr 22, 2013
My eBay Savings Secret: Can’t Find Your Pattern? Look for Monogrammed Silver
The price of silver keeps rising. What’s a southern girl to do if her pattern will never be completed? Go to eBay, of course. Sterling looks better with age, like you’ve had it for a while and you know how to use it. But the prices on eBay aren’t really any better than anywhere else… unless you aren’t afraid of monograms.
Apr 8, 2013
Dessert is Optional. (But We Do Love It!)
There’s something exciting about dessert in our house — shocking, even. Dessert rarely appears at the table, even though we have no specific rules about sweets. Every now and then one of the children will make a request — usually cookies, a love they inherited from their dad — or I’ll feel nostalgic for something like cobbler, vinegar pie, or homemade Magic Shell over ice cream. Dessert is not a required course and we definitely don’t need it to survive.
Mar 29, 2013
Real Help from Kids in the Kitchen: 8 Actually Helpful Ways to Put Kids to Work
I don’t believe in making pretend work in the kitchen for children, the kind of jobs that create more work for me. I’m not that nice. Do it right, or don’t do it at all. But they’ll never learn if I don’t teach them, will they? Finding tasks they can do saves me time. Also? It keeps them nearby, so we can chat and enjoy the work together. Here are eight kitchen tasks that kids can do that will actually help you out.  I love to cook.
Mar 20, 2013
What’s Your Sick Day Dish?
“ Oooh The slow cooker had been loaded up hours before, and a wonderful smell filled the kitchen. “Chicken soup,” I answered. “Yum! Who’s sick?” Since my children are not unlikely to jump from one subject to another with no warning, I didn’t immediately see a connection. “Nobody. Why?” Apparently, I only make chicken noodle soup when someone stays in bed for the day.
Mar 13, 2013
Get Them While You Can: The Pleasure of Leftovers for Breakfast
oeufs durs mayonnaisen’est-ce pas Worse — they are acutely aware what a cardboard box in the fridge means: Fancy leftovers! What could it be? Ratatouille from a favorite local chef? Pad Thai from that chic Thai bistro down the street? Maybe half of a perfectly prepared, rare filet mignon! If I want my leftovers, I have to eat them early. I can take almost any half eaten dish, sauté it in a pan, throw in a handful of microgreens, and crack an egg over the top.
Mar 8, 2013
Kitchen Convenience: 5 Prepared Foods That Are (Almost) As Good As Homemade
I pride myself on making things from scratch, but with three children to feed, not to mention a decent sized crew of regular dinner guests, I don’t always live up to my own expectations. Like most of you, I’m a label reader, sometimes pleasantly surprised to find a pancake mix that saves me the trouble of mixing ingredients or a jar of marinara sauce that needs little more than a sprinkle of this or that to mimic the one I would create.
Mar 1, 2013
My Uncool Kitchen Tool: Mom’s Mixer
When I moved from a college dorm into an apartment, my mother helped me stock my kitchen, allowing me to use precious Greenbax Stamps to purchase a sleek white hand mixer. When she saw it, she asked to trade, offering me her Iona avocado green mixer, a wedding gift from my father’s college friend English McCutchen. The mixer was only 20 years old then, and in fine condition.  My parents were married on June 5th, 1971. It was a beautiful day and the marriage was a good one.
Feb 28, 2013