Category Archives: vegetarian

Try, try, try again…

Let’s talk Cauliflower Gratin. What can you say about a vegetable that is merely a vehicle for cream and cheese? No much bad, I think. And, because Cauliflower Gratin carries the moniker of “vegetable”, it does no wrong, has no fouls, causes no heart attacks, and contains no calories. At least, that’s my position and […]

A Dish for No-Man’s Land Weather

I have always felt that early October in the Northeast is a No-Man’s Land- at least when in comes to menu planning. The weather is unpredictable, but generally neither hot nor cold. The days can reach the mid 70’s and so diving into heavier dishes like chili or pot roast doesn’t feel quite right yet. […]

The Power of Greens

Last night Tad and I went out to dinner with friends to Barbuto- Jonathan Waxman’s wonderful restaurant in the Meat Packing District of NYC. As you faithful readers know, Jonathan and his wife Sally are dear friends. But, what you don’t know is that they were at the dinner table too! So, instead of ordering […]

All mashed up

There is nothing better than a serving of good mashed potatoes. You know the kind: all white and fluffy and loaded with a buttery, creamy richness that is irresistible. That said, there is nothing worse than a serving of bad mashed potatoes. Sadly, I am sure you also know them: all gloppy, starchy and thick […]

Ina’s got nothing on me…

Tuesday night found my kitchen looking something like a scene from a Barefoot Contessa tv episode. A roast chicken was in my oven, its’ aroma spilling out and scenting the whole house. The white chairs around the kitchen island were scattered, out of place and arranged so all were facing the oven and the stove. […]

In search of a good veggie PR person…

As I have written here before, I think cabbage gets a bad rap. In fact, if cabbage were a personality I would tell it to hire a new pr team-preferably one that specializes in crisis management. You see, when you mention cabbage to most people their eyes glaze over and you know their thoughts are […]

Crazy for Cauliflower

I have been in a cauliflower frenzy lately and Jonathan Waxman (yes, the Jonathan Waxman) is to blame. While vacationing in France with us, he made the most delicious gratin of cauliflower and onions. It was heavenly and sinful but, it was vacation so all that French cream, cheese and butter didn’t count, did it? […]

Grilling delights

Everything about a peach- from its’ sunshine yellow color to its’ sweet and luscious scent embodies summer for me. If you couldn’t tell already, I adore a ripe peach. I love the moment when you bite into one and the juice drips down your chin leaving a delicious trail. And, I love how many wonderful […]

Crazy Heat

Okay- last week was hot- but this is ridiculous! The temperature has been triple digits (or just shy) for several days now. The plants are all drooping, the lawn is turning brown from the unrelenting sun and no one feels like moving outside. Even the pool feels warm. I keep reminding myself that back in […]

Edgy Veggies, Summer Style

Have you ever had your husband say to you: “I can’t wait until you meet my old friend Snogs and his wife Mrs. Snogs! Snogs is fantastic and I am sure that Mrs. Snogs is as well.” Usually, they are. But every now and again, they aren’t. And those are the ones you dread: the […]