The weather was awful. The party was a blast!
2016 was the second warmest year on record according to the National Weather Service. That warmth translated into a ridiculous rain on my 2017 birthday.
I bring this up because I have tracked the weather on my birthday since I was a kid. Almost every year we’ve had snow on my birthday; not just ...Read more
A dry rub blend of spices and peanuts rubbed into the meat forms a spicy crust that is a great alternative to a marinade. You don't have to wait for the meat to absorb the marinade flavors. The pork is roasted in the oven. Make sure your oven is at temperature.
Thai cuisine generally uses rice noodles. If they're available, use them for this ...Read more
It was about as ordinary as a night could be, the night we opened the prized bottle. It was a Saturday, sure, and that ramps things up a little. But as Aristotle or somebody said, a Saturday is a Saturday. Several of my siblings were together, and that was worth something, and the reason we were together was to watch two of our nieces in a dance...Read more
In the depths of winter, it can sometimes seem as if springtime will never come. Winds blow cold. Snow blankets fields of earth so hard that you can't imagine vegetables will ever grow again. The only truly soothing warmth you can reliably find usually comes from the kitchen stove.
So now is the perfect time for you to make fresh pea soup.
Wine trends: The year 2016 was a fascinating, sometimes wacky time for wine, and 2017 is shaping up the same:
-- America's millennial generation, now in its 20s and 30s and old enough to drink, out-sipped baby boomers for the first time in 2016, according to winerist.com, a wine, food and travel website.
-- Young fans have a casual take on ...Read more
As if you need another reason to fill your plate with more plants! But new research suggests that diets rich in polyphenols, a large class of compounds found in foods of plant origin, may fend off type 2 diabetes, and help those who already have diabetes better manage ...Read more
Kennebunk, Maine, is so inviting. Little inns and bars, along with great eating spots, dot the main avenue. On a recent visit there, I stayed at the White Barn Inn: the definition of charming. This historic inn was once a boarding house and has recently been beautifully refurbished. The classic character remains with elegant furnishings; you can...Read more
Here we combine raisins, cinnamon, honey and almonds with orange juice, zest, wine and broth to make a rich, savory pan sauce for chicken. There's plenty of the gorgeous sauce, so be sure to serve whole-wheat egg noodles, couscous or rice on the side.
Chicken with Honey-Orange Sauce
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
2 ...Read more
The Windsor Diaries Book One: Victorian ScoundrelStephanie Burkhart
It's 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 for Britain's Great Exhibition. Alice soon discovers ...
When I want to make my wife, Susi, something extra special on Valentine's Day, I get out of my comfort zone, pull out the measuring cups and make an outstanding dessert. While there's nothing wrong with a box of chocolates, crafting a homemade treat is my go-to way of sharing love on this designated day.
Originating from Smith ...Read more
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
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