What a perfect slogan for this Caribbean island just off the coast of South America. As part of the Dutch territories, its embrace is as warm as the sun, the water is an inviting pale green and a refreshingly cool bath, and the breeze is sweet as the rum punch! My first trip to Aruba … More One Happy Island…Aruba: Part 1
This version was very light compared to others I’ve made. I believe I blogged about stuffed Eggplant before with ground lamb or turkey in the filling, if you’re looking for something richer. But this was a lovely, light Italian dish that left room for a delicious bowl of Truffle cocoa popcorn for dessert! I went … More Stuffed Eggplant (and Popcorn for Dessert!)
I don’t remember my first. I remember several special ones along the way. And although they’ve all got their slight nuances depending on their maker, the dirty martini is my favorite cocktail. I’m not alone in my affection for this oddity – olive juice in a beverage? Some would say gross. Others say yes!! I’ve … More The Dirty Martini
I’ve been off the grid for a little bit (getting over a bug so haven’t been doing much fancy cooking), so I thought I’d just blog about something simple today. Champagne. I often focus more on the “eat” part of my blog and I’ve written plenty about drinks in context, but I wanted to just … More The Bubbly! Champagne, Prosecco, bubbles and babbles.
I realized this is going to need to be broken into at least two parts, as my usual 30-minute writing block was no where near sufficient to cover a Vegas weekend. Sorry I’ve been out a little, I was getting ready for and then busy doing Vegas. I’ve done Vegas many times and in many … More Vegas 2017: Part One
We pull out all the stops for special occasions when it comes to food. And New Year’s Eve is one of those occasions. So where to begin? The spread… What is all this? All this is just some of the things my mom, my sis, and I put together to entertain ourselves and loved … More Happy New Year!! The Feast of New Year’s Eve…
Not only because it rhymes, but also because it’s a fabulous excuse to pair food with vodka! Just be sure to make the vodka drink after the fry-fest. No one wants a grease fire for Hanukkah. With the Jewish faith comes a heaping ladle of tradition, and making latkes (potato pancakes) is one of them. … More Happy Hanukkah: Vodkas and Latkes!
What a gorgeous, albeit grey, view from my porch this morning! The valley adapts to whatever the weather throughs down, and still makes it beautiful. We began the day with another bountiful country breakfast at the Harvest Inn. Nestled into its acres of vineyards and its quaint array of cozy cottages, the inn is … More Napa: Day 3
We kicked off the day with a short run and then a delicious, hearty breakfast to line our tummies for some serious wine tasting! The Harvest Inn does a great country breakfast that seems like it was made just for that purpose. Our first stop was Markham Vineyards. I have been a club member here … More Napa: Day 2
We touched down pretty early in San Fran and made our way straight to downtown Napa for some lunch. The Oxbow Market is a cool, indoor farmers market-like joint with some great open shops offering what you’d expect from Napa – olive oils, balsamics, slices, and other goodies. Plenty of lunch options, and of course, … More Napa: Day 1