Paella Party!

June 21, 2017

Thanks to all of you for your beautiful, kind words about my Father’s Day remembrance. My dear friend Barbara asked for the recipe for my dad’s favorite Father’s Day dish – Paella, and I thought perhaps everyone might enjoy it. It’s from an old Larousse cookbook published in 1978, and while the ingredient list is […]



January 11, 2017

Happy New Year! I’m hoping that the sinus infection that has floored me for the last 11 days isn’t a harbinger of things to come in 2017. But while I’ve been down for the count since the beginning of the year I have to say the last few days of 2016 were good ones. Steve […]


Foodie Wars

December 20, 2016

Do you know this guy? He’s Christopher Kimball. He’s the face of America’s Test Kitchen (ATK) and Cook’s Illustrated Magazine. Well, was the face. He’s started a new venture, Milk Street Magazine, along with a PBS TV show and radio program. The problem is that he began work on the new venture while he was […]


Greasy Luck

December 13, 2016

Say what? There are many terms in everyday speech that are nautical in nature. Some are more common than others: A loose cannon refers to the damage that was done when a cannon became unbolted from it’s spot on a wooden war ship; fits the bill refers to items on a ship’s bill of lading […]


Keeping The Story Alive

March 4, 2016

Have you heard of The Moth? If you haven’t you’re missing out. The Moth is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. They’ve facilitated the telling of over 17,000 stories worldwide, and the storytellers perform live, without notes. Many NPR stations broadcast The Moth Radio Hour; go to themoth.org […]


OK, I’ve officially gone crackers. Cheese Crackers to be exact. I needed a tasty make-ahead appetizer for a party recently so I whipped up a zingy little cracker that stands alone without cheese, ‘cause the cheese is baked right in. So if you’re having a Super Bowl party you can cut them out with a […]


The Burning Tree Festival

January 1, 2015

Not the infamous Burning Man Festival, but closer and probably about as much fun. By the time we start arriving around six it’s an inferno of which Dante would be proud.   Annually on New Year’s Eve my cousin Claudia and her husband John host a fête, a pot luck gathering that doesn’t mean just […]


A Grand Christmas Dinner

December 30, 2014

A holiday meal should be extra special, and for those of us who happen to be carnivorous nothing beats a gorgeous rib roast. Occasionally we have friends at Christmas who are vegetarian or who don’t eat red meat, and while we missed them this year we did take advantage of the occasion and cavemanned it […]


A Whirlwind of a Month

December 10, 2014

I can’t believe the second week of December is upon us and I never blogged about Thanksgiving OR my wonderful birthday. Once we hit December Santa and his reindeer singing White Christmas certainly take precedence over most everything else, so forgive me if my blogs are less than chronological. I love Thanksgiving. I think it’s […]


Monaco and White Night

November 5, 2014

My ex was a Formula 1 racing fan, and the epitome of F1 racing chic is the Monaco circuit. Unlike NASCAR, which he used to refer to as “go fast, turn left”, F1 races are held on road courses and winding tracks, none so dangerous as the streets of Monte Carlo. The turn by the […]