12.10.2016

Just in Time

We first encountered mandarinello in the spring of 2002, when we were staying a week in Vernazza, one of the five villages that comprise the Cinque Terre.

12.03.2016

One of a Baker's Dozen

When I was growing up, I knew I was lucky to have a mom who was, in addition to being a fine cook, a terrific baker. Cakes, cupcakes, pies, cobbles, cookies, squares, bread, biscuits - all seemed to flow effortlessly from her oven. Much later, I learned there is no such thing as effortless baking... or is there?

11.26.2016

Rolling Along


I like vegetarian food. In fact, quite often we eat vegetarian meals without ever thinking, "This is a meatless meal."

11.19.2016

Old-fashioned Goodness

In the late 1980's, my pianist friend Patrick was close by in the Berkshires visiting friends at Tanglewood.

11.12.2016

Withered Pride

I very proudly walked into the India Dukaan one evening to get a few ingredients, and casually let drop that I had just made a batch of Nan Khatai, a very delicate and not-too-sweet Indian shortbread cookie.

11.05.2016

Beautiful Broth & Fabulous Fish

I really miss the English language version of La Cucina Italiana. Does anybody else out there feel the same way? 

10.29.2016

Jerk!

Hah! You thought I was talking about a presidential candidate, didn't you? Well, this once you were wrong. Today we are talking Jamaican jerk seasoning, one of my new favorite spice blends I use when grilling meats, poultry, and fish.