I have always been fascinated by signature dishes because I just love mysteries—and I have an obsession with time travel. Trying to pin down the origins of a well-known dish pretty much involves both of those things: tracking down the clues (like Nancy Drew, my idol) and jumping into a time machine to go and check it out (I know, I wish).
The notion took on life when I got to write an ongoing feature for Hallmark magazine (2006–2009). Although it is notoriously difficult/impossible to actually assign authorship to a dish, my favorite part of the research process was trying to figure out the authentic recipes . . . or as close as I could manage and still have a recipe someone in this century would want to eat.
So here is a collection of Signature Dishes. Maybe one day I'll get around to adding more stories here, but I do have a day job...
Bowl of Red