Cauliflower Goodness

June 28, 2017

Healthy meals are pretty easy to make, albeit sometimes boring if the lean protein and vegetables drizzled with olive oil combo shows up too often on the plate. I love variety, and I love things that satisfy the need for creaminess and cheesiness and even crunchiness, but I don’t love the calories that come from […]


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 […]


Milk Street Magazine had an interesting recipe in their May-June issue: Caramelized Pork with Orange and Sage, an Argentinean take on pork tenderloin. It sounded delicious, and was pretty healthy with the exception of a whole bunch of turbinado sugar. I wondered if I could lighten it up. Replacing sugar can be tricky – some […]


Cabo San Lucas is on the Tropic of Cancer, and Barbados is near the equator, and since both are in the tropics and have great food I’ve decided to post my most memorable meals. Somehow they included a lot of desserts. Cabo has great restaurants, and not all of them Mexican. Our favorite Italian restaurant […]


The Joys of Carnaval

February 15, 2017

Even if one chooses not to buy the official effigy of Monsieur Bonhomme, the mascot of Carnaval de Quebec, and enter the official Carnaval sites there is lots to see and do in the city. The snow sculpture competition is free and open to the public. Click on image to view full size The ice […]


The second recipe I wanted to try from the new 177 Milk Street magazine was a chocolate-rum-prune cake that the author of the article about Claire Ptak’s Violet bakery in East London raved about. Ptak used whiskey and almond flour in hers but the author felt adjustments were required in order to make it easier […]

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I did indeed make the recipes I found intriguing from the charter issue of Milk Street Magazine, and we added them to our Christmas feast. I particularly liked the Rosemary Pine Nut cookie bars. They’re like wonderful cornmeal shortbread with a hint of orange and herbs covered with the exotic flavor of toasted pine nuts […]


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 […]


Pre Thanksgiving Cleanout

November 16, 2016

I’m getting ready to do my Thanksgiving grocery shopping and our refrigerator needs some help. I found what I thought was a lime in my crisper drawer, but it was actually a head of iceberg lettuce from 2012. No, not really, but the “wispy fingers” my friend Liz and I used to joke were coming […]