Recipe ideas come from lots more than just cookbooks or TV cooking shows. Sometimes my shot in the arm emerges from a less-than-stellar restaurant experience. Using the encounter as a comparison to a better one immediately improves my next culinary adventure.
Tacos with high-quality meats and seafood at our corner spot, for instance, provided...Read more
For months I have been dreading turning 60. I hated turning 40 too, so my solution for that was to party in New York City and then head off to Bermuda.
At this juncture, my business needs my attention so no opportunity to fly off and look the other way. I must keep my feet firmly planted right here.
I have to admit that just recently I’m ...Read more
Lemon and garlic add a fresh and flavorful sauce to salmon fillet. The secret to perfectly cooked salmon is to sear it first in a skillet and then finish the cooking in the oven. It should come out soft and juicy and a little translucence in the center. It will have some carryover cooking once it is off the heat. Look for wild caught salmon. The...Read more
In the new year, many food writers like to discuss the latest trends or what's hot and what's not. And lately, I've been seeing too many articles saying that kale, that crinkly, earthy, slightly bitter, and highly nutritious dark green has already enjoyed its moment in the culinary sun; that it should start disappearing from our menus and tables...Read more
"Brew me a cup for a winter's night
For the wind howls loud, and the furies fight.
Spice it with love and stir it with care
And I'll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair."
-- Minna Thomas Antrim
In winter we recognize nature's power over us and our need for sustenance against it -- a warm sweater, a blazing fire, a hot drink -- ...Read more
Once upon a time, in quaint wine villages throughout Europe, it was only natural that villagers consumed the local wine.
It was common for a family to stroll down to the neighborhood winery and stock up for a week or more by filling jugs and other containers with wine directly from a cask or tank. Modern conveniences, such as grocery stores ...Read more
Thai cuisine is my favorite, so much so that I once traveled the country reporting on the cooking I did with some masters. One of my favorite foods is the creamy, slightly spicy peanut sauce anyone who orders Thai takeout food will recognize as the condiment served with satay sticks and traditional Thai raw vegetable salad.
I've tried to ...Read more
Perhaps this really should be called lazy lasagna. When cheese ravioli is tossed in an abundance of marinara sauce, piled in a casserole dish, layered with even more cheese, and baked, it takes on all the good qualities of the classic layered pasta dish.
Why haven't we always been baking ...Read more
The Mystery of Jessica BensonC.K. Laurence
Jessica Benson is hot, beautiful, bisexual and dead. Her life and death intersects the drama of a professional football team and the detectives who are on the case. The author has been a student of crime activity and weaves an exciting story of mystery and intrigue, ...
There's nothing as comforting as a warm bowl of soup on a blustery day, especially when you dine out. But while warming up with a steaming bowl of soup, it's important to consider how good it is for your body, too.
Restaurant soups are notoriously high in sodium. In ...Read more
When "Foster's Market Favorites" (Brown Books Publishing Group) landed on my desk, I was in heaven. Exquisite photography coupled with time-tested comfort dishes are highlighted from Sara Foster's amazing market in Chapel Hill, N.C. The introduction, written by her husband, tells her story, from her roots in Tennessee to finally settling in ...Read more
This healthy dinner salad recipe gets its staying power from protein-packed shrimp and fiber-rich barley. With a simple red-wine vinaigrette, this quick salad makes just one serving but is easy to double or triple. Look for precooked beets with other prepared vegetables in the produce department.
Beet & Shrimp Winter Salad
Serving ...Read more
If coconut oil has a regular place in your pantry, you may already know what a treat it can be to bake with. While it's a staple in vegan desserts, you certainly don't have to follow a special diet to work this fragrant oil into your cakes, cookies and muffins. Coconut oil is a versatile ...Read more
Dateline: January 3rd
Time: Late afternoon
Goal: I’m in my car headed to the grocery store to buy fresh food for dinner. That’s what I do. I buy fresh food. I eat very little processed food so I buy food fairly often to make my meals.
On this particular day it was a madhouse. The grocery store parking lot shares spaces with the ...Read more
Here is a simple mid-week recipe for minestrone with a refreshing blend of flavors. The vegetables and sausage combine with the perfume of fresh basil and the crunchy texture of the pecans to make this hearty soup, which is a complete meal. This one-dish dinner can be made in 20 minutes.
Acini pepe is a very small soup pasta. Any type of ...Read more
Every time I try a tasty new recipe, I ask myself what kind of wine would go with it. What would create a yin and yang, a complementary flavor sensation greater than the sum of its parts.
So I feel sad when some fastidious foodie names foods he or she says simply cannot be successfully paired with any wine.
"Says who!?" I want to retort.
I've made more than a few New Year's resolutions in the past. And, like most people, I can probably count on one hand those I've successfully kept for more than a few weeks. But I'm happy to report that one I've managed to stick to has been to eat more healthfully -- a goal with which so many of us struggle.
What I've learned is ...Read more
Especially popular during the holidays in sweet confections and baked goods, hazelnuts are a nutritious way to eat well during seasonal celebrations, and all year long.
Filberts and hazelnuts (also known as cobnuts and hazels) are different names for the...Read more
I had heard that Portland, Maine, was filled with amazing restaurants and bakeries, and I couldn't wait to check them out. I discovered The Holy Donut, which makes donuts with Maine potatoes, enjoyed lobster rolls and clam chowder that were beyond my expectations, and dove into more oysters embellished with pickled onion ice than I could count. ...Read more
Some like it hot -- but if you don't, sweet Italian turkey sausage is also delicious in this healthy gnocchi recipe. Serve with a mixed green salad with sherry vinaigrette.
Spinach & Sausage Gnocchi
Serving Size: About 1 1/4 cups
Active Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large ...Read more
The Bloody Mary is a ubiquitous brunch beverage, a supposed hangover cure-all and the perfect savory sip to accompany eggs and waffles alike. Made from a base of tangy tomato juice, seasoned with lemon juice and spices, and finished with a pour of vodka, a Bloody Mary provides a savory ...Read more