Lemons, Shoes, and Breathtaking Views

2017-06-23T14:03:07+00:00

What a trip! Italy’s Amalfi Coast is as gorgeous in person as it appears in all those iconic pictures you’ve seen – sheer cliffs dotted with colorful structures right down to the sea below! I must have 50 pictures [...]

Homemade Ghee

2017-03-07T14:55:24+00:00

Ghee – that clarified butter making the health rounds these days – can be a pricey proposition if you use it as much as I do. I’ve seen it range from $19.99 for 13 ounces on Amazon to $9.99 for [...]

Broccolini with Pomegranate Seeds

2017-02-27T20:06:59+00:00

Here's a bright and colorful and flavorful side dish that goes equally well with a slow-roasted beef tenderloin, a rack of lamb or a fillet of black cod. It's also a snap to make and looks great on a festive [...]

True Confessions

2017-02-27T20:06:59+00:00

This tale starts with my most dreaded and most frequently-asked question once someone discovers that I’m a personal chef:  “Do you still cook at home?” My true confession/dirty little secret is that I DON’T. After I’ve cooked all day long [...]

Posset Anyone?

2017-02-27T20:06:59+00:00

What’s a posset? Well, it’s like a syllabub. HA! Seriously, it’s a British dessert made of thickened cream traditionally flavored with lemon. The acid in the lemon causes the cream to ‘curdle’ in a good way. Unlike a panna cotta [...]

Cacio e Pepe

2017-02-27T20:07:00+00:00

For a recipe with so few ingredients, there are many variations on the cooking method. Keep in mind that the quality of the ingredients is key to the final result. Splurge on true pecorino and freshly ground pepper! Here’s the [...]

Cocktails Delivered to your Door

2017-02-27T20:07:00+00:00

Recently I received a very cool gift – a subscription to Cocktail Courier. Yep, all the pieces/parts needed to make an unusual cocktail delivered right to my door. Each delivery includes a small (but not a miniature) bottle of the [...]

Anthony Bourdain Was Correct!

2017-02-27T20:07:00+00:00

“This is probably the single worst thing I have ever put in my mouth.” Anthony Bourdain, on Iceland’s national dish, hákarl With an endorsement like that how could I say no to an innocuous looking bit of ‘rotten Greenland shark’ while in [...]

Lemongrass “Martini”

2017-02-27T20:07:00+00:00

One corner of our small raised bed garden is occupied with all things ‘lemon’ – lemongrass and lemon verbena. Both of these took off like gang-busters with our rainy, cool spring and hot, dry summer. What do to with all [...]

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