Irreverence and Sarcasm

October 26, 2017

Some of us were lucky enough to see the humorist David Sedaris at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford last week. I’ve been a fan for a long time, but unlike my companions on this night it was the first time I’d ever seen him live. And while his books are brilliant I enjoy listening […]

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The Official Invitation

October 18, 2017

Anyone going to be in New England over Thanksgiving? I’m celebrating and I want everyone to come. Turning 60 is a big friggin’ deal, especially when at 50 I wasn’t sure I’d make it. My old friends and readers know the story, but I’ll provide the Cliff’s Notes for those who are new to the […]


Actually, the band’s name is Big Head Todd and the Monsters. But we dined at Red Stripe restaurant in East Greenwich, RI before the show and the mussels were, well, monsters. My cousin Claudia and her husband John invited us to the show. John had been a fan of Big Head Todd’s since he experienced […]


World’s Largest Paella Pan

September 13, 2017

I now own the world’s largest paella pan. Well, technically, not. There are bigger, but I don’t know how anyone could lift them when they’re full of food. This puppy is 24” across and takes up 4 burners of my 6-burner stove. It’s awesome. I realized a real paella pan needed to live in my […]


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 […]