Full disclosure, this was actually yesterday’s lunch that we shared with Maureen Fitzgerald, food editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, and writer Joy Manning who contributes to that illustrious newspaper. Joy brought her lemon pound cake with its perfect crumb. The day was grey and drizzly so it felt cozy to linger at the table in the warm pools of lamp light. We sat there all afternoon, talking everything over as we are wont to do—home cooking vs professional cuisine, funny family food stories, recipes, and lots of general philosophizing. Such a nice visit, reaffirming our belief that stopping to eat a little something midday with friends is time very well spent indeed. We’ll finish the pound cake with tea this afternoon.