While I am a big fan of refined food, in the crisp fall weather I am no stranger to rustic, hearty fare. I tend to cook more in the cooler months just because the kitchen is always the warmest place to be on a cold night. And everyone knows I would never shy away […]
Summer is here. So, we head outside to savor every single moment of sunny weather. In my neighborhood, the air is perfumed with the scent of BBQ smoke. We love alfresco dining and entertaining.
When it comes to grilling, I have a reputation for being “better than a man”. While I am not sure if […]
Fresh mint is the quintessential flavor of summer. It is refreshing and adds depth and complexity to lots of very different dishes. Next time you are at the market, consider buying a bunch of mint for your next summer party. Its versatility makes mint a great partner in crime.
1. Start your evening with a […]
Spring inspires people to do unexpected things (see my previous article Spring Inspiration Tour). Among farm visits, drinking rose wine (Finally! Rose is back!) and tasting a plethora of spring menus all over town, I was inspired to go on a rampage. All because of a little plant called ramp. Several times in recent […]
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Of course, in the kitchen that means using pressure cooker. I used to live next door to a chef-instructor, who taught an entire class called Under Pressure. You see, most people (yours truly included) are nervous around pressure cookers. They have a bad rep, stemming from way back […]
I love Barefoot Contessa. There, I said it. I love watching Ina Garten cook on Food Network and I am not ashamed to admit it. Why, you ask? Well, I have many reasons. Maybe it is because she isn’t a trained chef pretending to cook at home. Maybe because her hands-on approach reminds me […]