About Nosher of the North

Real name Peter Horowitz, aka Spanky Horowitznosher.jpg
Ethicurean name
Nosher of the North | E-mail me: nos...@ethicurean.com
Paying job
That’s a hard one. None of my jobs really pay anything substantial, but some people throw pennies at me when I play music, write about food, drive them around, or teach them. I guess I would consider myself to be semi-retired until someone offers me a job that I actually want to do or I run out of money.
Dream job
Wealth destroyer.
Best meal ever I make it a priority in my life to make each meal be a memorable one, and I’ve had so many good meals that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one "best' meal. Contenders would be a multi-course dinner at Domain de la Templerie or one of the many BBQ joints I frequent between Virginia and Florida, or ….
Favorite meat
Pork (don’t tell my bubby!)
Favorite fruit
These questions are too hard, so I’ll just go with chocolate
Favorite vegetable
Can I say chocolate again?
Vegetables I eat only to be polite
I love them all!
Favorite dinner growing up
Kraft Dinner
Processed crap I can’t manage to live without
Chocolate
Sexiest food to me
Chocolate
Most embarrassing cooking incident
Chocolate
Most traumatic food experience
Mistaking creamed cottage cheese (ugh!) for cream cheese when making a bagel with cream cheese and lox at a Jewish family brunch when I was about 12 years old. I still can’t believe I was so polite (or was it pride?) that I actually ate it without saying a word. I mean, really, who puts a bowl of unmarked creamed cottage cheese near bagels and lox? WHO?
Attitude about sell-by dates
They’re for people who don’t trust their own judgment, but really there should be someone nearby — like the actual farmer or owner of the small store you are shopping in — who can tell you whether it is still edible or maybe it would be best thrown into a soup or juiced.
Has your cooking ever made anyone sick?
Not yet, but I’m working on it.
Food background:
I was raised on a diet of Eastern European Jewish food with a bit of Canadian (read: American) cuisine thrown in for good measure — which basically boils down to meat and potatoes. The only vegetables I can remember eating during my childhood were green salads made with iceberg lettuce and various forms of potatoes — fried, mashed, fried with onions, and fried — and of course chocolate.

When I was 15 my mom got a job editing a local newspaper which kept her at the office most evenings, and my dad was a great cook if all you wanted to eat was scrambled eggs, grilled hunks of meat, or pizza. Like most teenage girls, my sister was always on a diet and my little brother was too busy breaking things and getting in trouble, so I taught myself to cook. I slowly realized that there were SO many foods out there chocolate and that you could do SO many things with them. I discovered broccoli, asparagus, and that people from each country have their own special foods and ways of making them. I started collecting cookbooks and having dinner parties and then all of a sudden I was a restaurant critic for a weekly newspaper! I also began taking photographs of meals I was cooking because I felt bad chocolate that nobody was going to see all the beautiful chocolate creations I was whipping up, which led an art gallery owner to put on a show of my food photos.

I eventually got sick of getting paid peanuts to basically exist as an extension of the chocolate advertising department so I quit my job and went to the south of France where I ate copious amounts of cheese and sausage and chocolate and traveled to Switzerland, Germany, Portugal, Morocco, Italy, and a few other places and also ate copious amounts of cheese, chocolate, sausage, and chocolate. I then began getting interested in healthier foods chocolate and built a garden on the roof of my loft where I grew my own tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, peas, beans, and herbs chocolate. I also joined a CSA where I paid a lump sum in April to a certified organic chocolate farm and they gave me a chocolate basket of vegetables every week. Then I met my Very Special chocolate Ladyfriend and she had a plot in a community garden chocolate, and then I began to get chocolate interested in the environment chocolate and started composting chocolate my own kitchen waste chocolate with a worm chocolate compost bin. My life seems to be getting better chocolate and better and chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate chocolate.