Holiday Prep Continues
The Satsumas have arrived!
For a month or two each year, Satsumas come into our lives to provide us with an alternative to oranges and grapefruit. Cousin to the Clementine, t...
December is here: Start Your Holiday Engines!
It's officially December and that means the countdown of days until Christmas and Hanukkah has begun. So, now my holiday canning, baking, and gift-making gets serious. For tho...
NFL + NBA + Holiday Prep = Foodie Heaven!
Now that Thanksgiving is behind us and the pro basketball season is back on, there are at least three days per week devoted to watching professional sports games on TV (four i...
Countdown to Turkey Day
Countdown to Turkey Day
When you’re the primary cook in your kitchen, you know there’s lots of prep work leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. First, there’s the “get...
Umami - The 5th Taste!
Umami: The 5th Taste
Just like the names of the 3 Stooges, even non-foodies can rattle off the 4 tastes without much brain power -- sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. But ...
More of Epicure in Venice
Venice, Day 5: A Return to San Marco Square
San Marco Square is a wonderfully energetic and dynamic center of Venetian tourism. To get to the historic square, you must...
More Delicious Memories of Venice
Venice, Day 3: Shopping Day at Rialto Market
Everyone who was able to be ready and downstairs by 8:00am made the long-awaited trek to the world-famous Rialto Market. De...
Venice, Sweet Venice: A Trip To Remember
Well, my Venice trip ranks among the top 3 trips I've ever taken. Over the next few blogs, I'll recap my Venetian adventure in words, recipes and photos.
Fast and fun kid-friendly foods
Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers (serves 12 kids )
2 1/2lb skinless boneless chicken breast halves
1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, melted
3/4 tsp salt1/4 tsp black pepper
A presto, Venice!
A presto, Venice! In my elementary Italian, that means "See you soon, Venice!" I’m getting veerrryy excited about my trip to Venice more and more each day now. Six coupl...
Summertime and The Livin' is Easy
Okay, maybe the living is not so easy these days. But unless you're the president or a member of Congress, there's not much you can do about the economy or our troops abroad. ...
Stone Fruits Are Still Rockin'
Summer continues to deliver an abundance of fresh produce -- tender zucchini, juicy tomatoes, sweet corn, deep purple eggplants – and, especially now, luscious plums, peaches ...
Barbeques Not Just For Meats
Looking for a healthy alternative to bottled BBQ sauce? Shhh…here’s a great reduced-calorie BBQ sauce…
In a medium saucepan, combine a 14.5 oz. can of no-salt-ad...
Stone Fruit Gets the Summer Spotlight!
As sun-kissed berries yield to stone fruit in the annual summer harvest, peaches are coming in as sweet as pie. Summer time reminds me of plump peaches picked from a tree, rub...
Let Us Eat Lettuce...and Bananas
OMG…the salad greens in my garden are producing “off the hook.” Even though we’re a household of 2, we weren’t eating the romaine leaves fast enough. Then, ...
Father's Day, Gardening, etc.
Our Father’s Day Backyard Brunch was absolutely fantastic! The ladies made French Toast Casserole and Crab Hash, with ice-cold Mojitos to sip on. Sitting outside was a ...
Dude Food for Father’s Day
Unless the fathers in your life have a standing, unyielding menu for Father’s Day, it’s always a challenge to live up to whatever you cooked the guys the year before. The doub...
Despite this crazy weather, I love this time of year. The spring/summer harvest of fruits and vegetables, local food from farmers markets, growing my own food, fresh salads an...
A Focus on Fish
I've been trying to eat more fish these days, trying to cultivate the same culinary and eating desires for fish as I have for meat and poultry. Even prior to my vegetarian yea...
A Caribbean Toast to My Newest Grandchild
What a memorable 63rd birthday! Following a long family drive on the Tappan Zee Parkway -- with an infant babbling and two boys arguing over seat positions -- we dined at Moun...
Easter Week brings Family Celebrations!
Easter Week 2011 is turning out to be awesome. I'm spending the week in Tarrytown, New York, visiting with my son and his family.
After a bumpy red-eye flight, we arrived ...
A Month of Birthday Luncheons!
Well, the secret is out. The Daily Meal named Danville one of nine "small food towns." According to Danville Weekly’s online editor, Jessica Lipsky, “The Daily Meal is a websi...