Fillo Tartlets with Potato, Spiced Apple and Fried Sage

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There are many nice things about the holidays…. I get to cook like a maniac. And eat like a maniac. But the best part of any holiday meal are the sides and the appetizers. And the fact that you can start drinking at noon and no one seems to care can say anything because they… [Read More]

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2014

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I am so thrilled to be a part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. But whomever said it was better to give than to receive were clearly referring to parking tickets. Because the culinary confections I received were sinfully good. Thanks: Alexa from Simple Eats- thanks for sending that awesome family recipe and way more… [Read More]

Bacon Bark

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                            Christmas is the season of making bark.                             White Chocolate, Peppermint, you name it- people are barking.                      … [Read More]

Cheese Straws

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                            Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.                             After Cinco de Mayo.                             And if you were… [Read More]

Cranberry Cream Tartlets

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                            When you are done with my Thanksgiving dinner….                             You believe that you cannot eat another bite of anything in your lifetime.            … [Read More]

Peaches with Cava

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There’s something unnatural about fruit desserts. It’s like watching Toddler’s and Tiara’s. There’s something about it that’s just not quite right. But if you add some wine, it makes it all better. Suddenly realizing why I never became a school teacher. But at least I’m not a pageant mom. Cava with Peaches Author: Cooking Light… [Read More]

Breaded Avocado Bites with Cilantro Lime Dipping Sauce

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                            On any given Sunday….                             We are antiquing, fruit picking or at Bed Bath and Beyond.                        … [Read More]

Corn Masa Boats with Tilapia in a Yucatecan Pumpkin Sauce (what else would it be??)

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There is a very special time of year on TV that I look forward to all year long.  No, its not the Emmy’s or the Grammy’s or the Superbowl. Ewwwwwww..the Superbowl.  It’s Shark Week. This year, brought to you by Rob Lowe. Wait, what???This dish is like human chum. Actually that sounds horrible. Its way… [Read More]

Mini Lobster Pot Pies

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Yup, more lobster. I have become the Augustus Gloop of Maine Lobster. I have eaten so much lobster in the last week that if you stood next to me and had a seafood allergy, you would need your EpiPen. I really have cooked my tail off this week. But don’t worry. I will grow another one… [Read More]

Strawberry Ice Cream

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By far the best parade in NYC is the Gay Pride Parade. And one of the best days the city has all year. Sorry Colombus. You don’t have glitter. People actually applaud the cops. Gentleman wear their Sunday best. As do the ladies. Even the dogs are fierce. But there is a moment every year… [Read More]

Carrot, Apple and Walnut Muffins

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Orlando. Part two. The Conference. The conference is the same every year. Fourteen thousand human resources professionals gather from all around the country. Do you have any idea how much Diet Coke is consumed by 14,000 women in four days?  There are lots of scrungees, lots of khakis, lots of crocs.  I would come in… [Read More]

Batter Dipped Scallions

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Orlando – Part 1 At first glance,  Orlando doesn’t seem half bad. For example, taking a tram to go about 25 feet (awesome), 4pm dinner specials (yay, another chocolate fountain!!) , waiters with 35 pieces of flair.  Yup, all good. But after a few days, Orlando shows its dark side. Guys with soul patches, Tilikum,… [Read More]

Carmelized Garlic Tart

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You won’t be able to go on your Tinder “date” after you eat this. Which is probably a good thing. Tinder, mom, tinder. Google it, mom. But, ultimately this post is dedicated to my mother. Her favorite movie was Salem’s Lot. She used to make me and my brother watch it with her all the… [Read More]

Mango-Mezcal Palomas with Chile Lime Cashews

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This cocktail is amazing. Plus it gives you something to do with all of your extra bottles of Mezcal. Oh, you don’t have that problem? Awkward. Let’s keep this between us.   Mango-Mezcal Paloma with Chile Lime Cashews Ingredients 1½ slices lime Chile Salt Ice Cubes 2 oz tequila 1½ oz mescal 1 oz mango… [Read More]

24 hour Nachos

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Ok. So these nachos don’t take 24 hours. But if you happen to make the pulled pork over say, nine or ten shots of tequila, pass out in your make-up, wake up to dry heaves and positively cannot look at food until the shakes stop, it can very well take you 24 hours to bring… [Read More]

Think Pink. Garlic Beet Dip with Za’atar

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Good friends coming over. Put the Ro-Tel away. Actually Ro-Tel is kind of amazing. Keep that in the running for your not so good friends. But if you want to impress, think pink. The color of this dip is show stopping. I’ve often lamented, there are just not enough neon pink foods. Plus, this dip… [Read More]