If intimacy is at the heart of any romantic Valentine's dinner, how is that achieved inside jam-packed restaurants? Everything from the parking spaces in the lot, to the barstools for a toast before the meal, to a window seat with a view may come down to a wait and a competition, not to mention the hurried table turnover and roar of the crowds...Read more
"On the side" is a phrase custom-made for condiments. However, the bold flavors and quality ingredients in many such store-bought products mean they should star in meals rather than take supporting roles. Since ingredient prep isn't a factor, they provide savvy shortcuts.
First, make sure the selections meet your standards (my favorite ...Read more
A new year means a calendar full of birthday celebrations. Birthstones have lots to do with birthdays, but not often with the celebrations themselves. A fun and tasty way to change that is by throwing a birthstone-themed party.
The good news, of course, is that since you know the birthday of the guest of honor, you have the key to researching...Read more
January is the start of a new year, but what if it was also the beginning of new cooking adventures? Many of us spent months during the recent holiday season replicating generations' --old family favorites that we know are tried-and-true and much appreciated by family and friends. In fact, a lot of us recognize that we would have a virtual ...Read more
What if your indoor holiday tree, instead of the scent of inedible pine, had the aroma of delicious rosemary? In fact, rosemary, sage and thyme -- let alone a multitude of other flavorful sensations -- could be filling your holiday home and those of your friends and family if you give the presents of innovative produce gifts, instead of run-of...Read more
Whether you slow cook them yourself, or, like I often do, buy them ready made from your supermarket's deli counter, roasted root vegetables are a hallmark of the season. This hearty, hot dish is, as far as vegetables go, a rich treat.
If you think of members of the root crowd as dingy because they grow underground, reconsider since they come ...Read more