Better education at home about food: Following up on the above wish, it all starts at home. If we cook more with fresh ingredients, use far fewer processed foods and boxed meals, we will train the palate of our children. Bad eating habits are born and die at home.
Changes to the liquor laws: I would love to buy wine at the grocery store — on Sunday. But this isn't the only change I'd like to see. I think liquor stores should be able to sell corkscrews, mixers, soft drinks and anything else they want in order to compete. I understand allowing this will have an adverse effect on local liquor stores, particularly the small ones. I have great respect for liquor store owners who have played by the rules and built successful operations. On the other hand, the Internet has cost a lot of jobs for my friends in newspaper, and local radio/
Growth for slow foods: God bless Kerry Norman and Kamala Gamble for this collection of locavores dedicated to sharing the gospel of local artisanal and organic food producers. If you're reading this column, you should be a member of this group. And you should invite at least five friends to join you. Do it at www.slow
Drink more Amarone: While sharing a bottle of a nice Chianti with my favorite wine snob, George Percy of Tallahassee, Fla., he told me that if while perusing a list of Italian wines I should come across anything marked Amarone, I should order it. Amarone is made up of the Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara grapes. As luck would have it, while dining with Michel and Alain Buthion at Bellini's (story Thursday in Mood), Michel had a bottle of Sartori de Varona 2007 Amarone brought to the table. One sip followed by a large gulp later, I knew George was right.
Help Oklahoma develop a signature flavor: I love fried-