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michael jackson: thriller

So it seems the whole world was stunned by the passing of Michael Jackson last month, temporarily forgetting or forgiving his numerous eccentricities that became more and more embellished as the years moved on.  MJ’s big tribute takes place in L.A. tomorrow.  I want to act as if I’m over it, I don’t really feel comfortable clumped as a crazed fan (for truly, when did I last listen to Michael Jackson?) And yet I can’t. I am humming the songs constantly.  My second grader now knows the lyrics and my computer’s YouTube is parked on MJ.  I am quietly embarrassed at how I can’t let this go.  And you better believe I”ll be watching the show tomorrow.

In large part I know the obsession with Michael is attributed to the media frenzy: air we breathe readily and easily in the U.S. These words make great sound bytes and simply stick:  icon, global, talent, tragic.  I know I know, images of the chiseled remnants of a nose are disturbing, but, truly, if I stop and think of Michael Jackson and why I am so moved by his death I am taken back to a hot and sticky afternoon in Caracas, Venezuela in 1983 when I rushed from school to my friend Paola Albequerque’s house to watch a much-anticipated video called “Thriller.”  Videos and MTV where brand new, and in Venezuela, unheard of.  But somehow, my well-connected friend had snagged a copy on Betamax.  A group of us crowded her bedroom as she slipped in the magical tape and Michael captivated us with his moves and his music, enticing us to forever try and imitate that stellar moonwalk.  Like many of us now inching towards forty, it all began there: the budding of adolescence, where we clumsily clad ourselves in the 80’s, loaded with shoulder pads, feathered hair, way too much blue eyeshadow, and Michael Jackson.  So it be fitting to approach forty and experience a sense of loss with Michael Jackson leaving my life just as abruptly as he entered it.  I feel shaken and sadly nostalgic but I can still do a mean moonwalk.





lionel richie: cooking to lovingly tender 80’s schmaltz

So I admit it.  I am a child of the 80s.  It’s all crusted in my memory, a memory that forgets the plot of a movie I saw last week and a promise I “supposidely” made to my daughter ten minutes ago, but the 80s…ahhh the 80s…it’s all there.

Lionel Richie clung to me as cooly as my coveted “Members Only” jacket (grey, of course, because grey was the only cool color).  I crooned and cried to his every sappy word, and listening to him today still brings a dark heartache set on my Mark Decasola’s feathered blond hair I never got to caress. 

So, to not cook to some Lionel would seem unforgiveable.  I’m not embarrassed.  I am a confident woman who is almost forty.  Damn it, say you say me, say it together, naturally.

schubert inspires ethereal cooking

Unmistakably tragic, this is one of Schubert’s finest pieces.  Written for four hands, the music is both haunting and exquisite and serves as a wonderful inspiration to equally superb cuisine. 

Make something memorable to this tune.


proud and cheesy with julio

Let yourself go in this fabulous outrageously 70s Latin love ballad.

A tribute to feathered hair, bell bottoms and lots and lots of blue eyeshadow.

Feel free to croon along with this hyper-suntanned Latin king of schmaltz (no one has to know but you and your oven).

…And if you have a little girl growing up too fast on you, shedding a tear or two will be just fine.




corazon de leon

Everything stirs and sifts better when Venezuelan salsa legend, Oscar D’Leon, is your music partner.

Try a little bit of “Detalles”, (Details) or “Ni Frio Ni Calor” (Not Hot or Cold) to get you started.