Category Holidays

Cheers to 2016! {Honey Brandy Hot Toddy}

Happy 2016! You’re all being incredibly well-behaved today, right? This is the beginning of new year, new you? Well, I’m the first to admit I’m a giant fan of turning over a new leaf. I love the feeling of a blank slate and a new year, a new season or even the sense of resetting […]

Keeping It Simple In The Kitchen {Seared Ahi Tuna}

This past Valentine’s Day, we once again outsourced the kids and made plans to visit our favorite local place for a delicious meal: our house. I’ve written before about staying in with your sweetheart, and I can honestly say that it would take a lot of convincing for us to do things differently after so […]

On Staying In With Your Sweetheart

Being an all-around food enthusiast, it’s always been easy to get caught up in the frenzy of Valentine’s Day and other special occasions.  And don’t get me wrong, I am obviously a huge advocate of celebrating with food, particularly at one of the restaurants of my friend Chef Miles James (James at the Mill and […]

Food Feasts Around the World

So, it’s no secret that I love food, travel and learning about foodie culture around the world.  Did you catch the series on Northern Indian Food earlier this year thanks to hours in the kitchen of my friend Srividya?  I’ve also always been riveted by Jewish foods and their deep symbolism, and am on a […]

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

In November 1997, I was living in Dijon, France and starting to feel rather sorry for myself as the traditional American holiday season approached.  I’m a {bit} of a devotee to tradition, and I knew that all across the U.S. families were making plans to gather together for Thanksgiving.  I would be heading home four […]

Comfort. Food.

Those two words are pretty good independently, right? But together… they take on a luster that is most likely appealing to every human. The neat thing is the way we interpret “comfort food” to meet our own distinct definition – unique to each of us and not necessarily even shared among notoriously close duos like […]

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

I can’t claim to have ever been a particularly enthusiastic maraschino cherry consumer. They’ve really only made a few notable appearances in my life: most frequently (annually) in Mom’s famous rum cake. That recipe will never appear here, by the way; she would slaughter me. I’m honestly shocked I have a copy of it. As […]