Grocery shopping is something I normally love to do – perusing the selections, picking out the perfect produce, selecting the exact cut of meat, contemplating what to make with them, and just being immersed in foods and ideas. But lately it’s been tough. It’s anxiety-ridden, it’s different, and nothing about it feels good since the … More Fine Dining In: Seared Duck Breast
If you’re like me, you love cooking, creating, and playing in the kitchen. But if you’re feeling like I’m feeling these days while staying safe at home, it’s tough coming up with new ideas every night after this much time. So I was recently craving sushi and remembered my mom and I used to make … More Sushi Made at Home!
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 knew I was going to braise something and short ribs is usually what I gravitate to for that. Big fat boneless short ribs. Check. A bottle of red wine that was perfect for it. Check. And an afternoon working at home. Check. The perfect setting for a warm winter braise! I started with … More Wine and Chocolate Braised Short Ribs
Had a nice little getaway after the holidays to beautiful West Palm Beach, Florida! Ok, I’m totally ready to retire here. The communities are gorgeous, activities are endless, and the weather – well, considering it was snowing at home, you just can’t get any better for January. I played a great round of golf in … More Long Weekend in Sunny Florida!
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!
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
Eat and drink around the world without actually needing a passport! A few friends who know that I live for good food and drink recommended that while I’m in Florida, I check out the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which takes place in the fall from mid-September to mid-November. Perfect timing for my family … More Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
I love lemon – it is such a versatile flavor. It can be sweet or savory, it works in foods and drinks, and I always embrace the life saying about life throwing you lemons. It gives you such a much better take on things; focuses me on making the best of every situation. I really … More Lemon Theme Dinner