Category Archives: cooking

Foiled At The Liquor Store…Or Was I?

Yesterday began with me determined to fiddle with a Japanese inspired chicken recipe that I found in the NY Times. The marinade looked easy and like something my all my family would happily eat. What’s not to love about a little soy sauce, ginger, garlic, brown sugar and sake…and grilled chicken on skewers? And, given […]

All about writing letters and aging well

Okay gang- huge apologies. I have been a “slacker blogger” recently- and for that I am sorry. But, it is summertime and there are just too many other things to do! And, I admit, I have been less chatty here because I have to save every iota of wittiness and humor for my daily letter […]

Dressing up an old favorite

As you may remember, my family loves “wool steak”-also known as lamb. We love it though I admittedly have been less than adventurous with its’ preparation. Due to the picky eaters in my household, I almost always prepare it butterflied and marinated in a mustard/wine sauce (see the archives) because I know that everyone will […]

Quieting the crowd…if only for a moment

I think that there are few things better than having dear friends over for dinner. The intimacy and immediacy of dining at home creates an experience that no restaurant in the world can replicate. Dining at home means my favorite people, in my favorite place with my favorite food and drink. What’s not to love? […]

For the outlaw in us all…

Several weeks ago my sister’s sister-in-law Sara (and therefore, by my creative family thinking, my outlaw) commented on one of my posts and asked if I could share a potato recipe that I had made for a family dinner more than 15 years ago. I knew at once the recipe she sought: it was an […]

Brought to you by the letter P…

My children adore pasta. They would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Every now and again I, too, want a pasta fix. But, when this happens I want to aim for a pasta that everyone in the family will eat-and my idea of good pasta and theirs is definitely not the same. They are […]

The Genie Is Out Of The Bottle….

Today was cold and gray and just a tad biting- a perfect reminder that Spring is still as fickle as ever: a sniff of sweet Summer with a bitter hint of Winter still holding on. While the temperature was not “cold” today, it was not warm and the wind, when it blew, was fierce. But […]

Make It Snappy!

For years the town that I live in was a foodie wasteland. You could practically see old, yellowed and crumpled Dining sections of the New York Times blowing down Main Street. There was nothing, nada, zippo when it came to good food. If you wanted anything that was better than what the A&P carried, a […]

Stir, Stir, Stir the pot

This morning I got to sleep in until 8:27 am. Total heaven.  And, I am sorry to say, seeing the clock flash 8:27am as I opened my eyes was the high point of my day.  You see, last night both my children had sleepovers.  Yes, that’s right, even the five- year-old.  My husband and I […]

Solo Sole

I was getting my daily fix reading the NY Post the other day and Page Six (the gossip column for all those of you who aren’t addicted lucky enough to get the Post) reported that Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Sumner Redstone dined together in LA.  They all had the sole.  My first thought was, “what […]