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Incredible Edible Flowers
April showers do bring May flowers. Thankfully, there are many flowers safe for consumption. Nothing could be more seasonal or elegant than a cake bedecked with fragrant blossoms or a salad tossed with...


Patio Produce: Herbs
What would sliced tomatoes be without basil… roasted potatoes without rosemary…Greek salad without oregano…sausage without sage…or, in the case of the unthinkable, a julep without the mint? Nothing...


Just Like The Original, Sort Of
Jealousy gripped my stomach and took hold of my taste buds when my boyfriend told me he was headed to Wild Ginger this past week. Memories of my last meal at this highly regarded Seattle eatery flooded...


Desserts Down Under
One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to explore the local haunts of a place--the shoe stores, the cafes, the pharmacies (Who couldn't love British-based Boots?), and especially the grocery...


An Authentic Mexican Cinco de Mayo Crockpot Fiesta
I recently had the good fortune to travel to Mexico to celebrate a family destination wedding. While there, our hotel featured an evening of Mexican culture and food. What was really interesting is that...


Lessons In Cooking, From My Grandmother
“You spend too much time thinking about food and wine.” This is what my grandmother said to me as she drove me to meet the Marin Airporter at the end of the summer I lived with her. I didn’t really...


A Day Off For Mom?
The ideal Mother’s Day morning goes something like this: mom gets to sleep in until a decent hour for once. The scent of freshly brewing coffee and a homemade breakfast in bed drift into her bedroom...


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday this year. That, and the recent warm weather, gives everyone a reason to celebrate. The holiday commemorates Mexico's victory over the French in the 1862 battle of Puebla....


Mexican Make-Over
Just back from an amazing two week trip to South Africa, I came home with a lot of extra stuff. Thanks in part to the unexpectedly fantastic food and an inability to go on five-mile runs when one is in...


Play With Your Food
As parents, we are always trying new tricks to get our kids to eat healthy foods. That strict and structured routine many of us grew up with (I, for one, had to clean my plate before leaving the table,...


Chive Talkin'
Sometimes I sit in amazement and wonder about how a girl from the small industrial town of Naugatuck, Connecticut ever ended up living on seven acres in rural America. When I left the East Coast to attend...


Behind Every Chef, A Great Woman
Behind every great chef is usually a great woman. It can be no coincidence that when asked their inspiration for cooking, so many great male and female chefs will cite a mother or a grandmother. Stereotypical...


New Book: "Modern Spice"
It was just a few days ago when my daughter was putting some dishes away after a small family get-together (and standing up on a stool putting away some rarely-used large platters and bowls), when she...


It's a Plan: International Cuisine Night
I have a friend who ‘schedules’ her weeknights dinners with certain dishes. Now, it's not the same dish week after week, but the same base food, prepared in many different ways. It’s basically...


The Teen Gourmet: Ordinary Fare With Flair
Time for the Wednesday Teen Gourmet again. The neat thing about this menu is that I’m the one who gets to decide what the teenage chef is going to be cooking. Just in time for Mother’s Day too. Not...


How to Eat: Lessons From My Mother
In some ways, everything I know about eating my mother taught me. Like most people, it was my mother who brought the first food to my mouth. She started with breast milk and as I grew, she slowly introduced...


 

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