I’d say the spring cookbook club is off to a great start! In our second meeting, we talked French comfort food and life in France with award-winning author Susan Herrmann Loomis as we cooked to her latest book, Plat Du Jour: French Dinners Made Easy. Plat du jour means daily special. These are the dishes handwritten on chalkboardsContinue reading “cookbook club: Plat du Jour by Susan Herrmann Loomis”
Category Archives: Eat: Cooking
Want to drink in an Italian sunset by the glass? (think Puglia in rosé)
Puglia rosés have many of the characteristics of the rich reds made from the same grapes. They’re bright and crisp enough to enjoy on their own. Yet, complex and structured enough to take to dinner.
The Butcher of Panzano
It’s worth a step away from the beaten path to visit Panzano in Chianti. And of course Dario, the Dante-reciting Butcher of Panzano.
For those of you who, like me, put some things off until the very last minute… or for those looking for a great use for leftover cranberry sauce, here’s a recipe for my favorite fall dessert. Cranberry-Almond Tart Serves 6-8 1 – 9 inch Pie Crust: 1 1/2 cups All-purpose flour 1 tablespoon sugar 1/4Continue reading “Cranberry-Almond Tart”
My Lucky Break – LUCKYRICE, Part 2 & 3
Of course, I meant to post this in a more timely manner. Such are the drawbacks of a demanding career and an addiction to continuing education (aka homework). Before I get into the past events, I just want to recommend that you take advantage of the LUCKYRICE Restaurant Week going on this week (May 3-9,Continue reading “My Lucky Break – LUCKYRICE, Part 2 & 3”
Media Review: Salt
A day late again! Eventually I’ll get back on track… in the meantime, I’m glad it’s only by one day. Quite a lot has been written about salt in recent years – from Mark Kurlansky’s best-selling book, Salt: A World History, to New York City’s proposed “ban on salt“. Despite the public’s mixed feelings about saltContinue reading “Media Review: Salt”
Media Review: Perfect Pairings
In preparation for the wine classes I’ve been teaching this week, I’ve been reading a great book that one of my students brought in –Perfect Pairings: A Master Sommelier’s Practical Advice for Partnering Wine with Foodby Evan Goldstein (click the link to find it on Amazon). I took a class with Evan Goldstein many years ago.Continue reading “Media Review: Perfect Pairings”
Tuesday’s Top 5: Holiday Drinks
What better way to drum up some holiday spirit than with spirits? I’ve never really needed an excuse to enjoy a nip now and then (now would be nice!), but the holidays provide many a good reason to imbibe with a bit more frequency, including my birthday next week (hint hint!). Holidays also provide aContinue reading “Tuesday’s Top 5: Holiday Drinks”