WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH – Let’s hear it for the girls

“You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?” Nigella Lawson Hi there, March is Women’s History Month. So for the next four weeks and I am going to write about a woman chef who you may not be familiar with. Today I…

D. W.’S SECRET SAUCE

“BAM” Emeril Lagasse Hi There, All cultures have some variety of pepper plants, of differing intensities, that they cultivate and use to add that “BAM” to their cooking. Archaeobiologist have discovered that ancient peoples were enjoying spicy food made with hot peppers even before they got around to inventing pottery. Today I am going to…

COQ AU VIN – a chicken in every pot

Hi there, Valentine’s Day seemed the perfect time to show my love by serving Coq au Vin. This dish has been around forever and has an interesting history. Legends point to the existence of this dish to ancient Gaul and Julius Caesar. The rooster was a symbol of valor to the Gauls. Besieged by the…

COQ AU VIN – a chicken in every pot

Hi there, Valentine’s Day seemed the perfect time to show my love by serving Coq au Vin. This dish has been around forever and has an interesting history. Legends point to the existence of this dish to ancient Gaul and Julius Caesar. The rooster was a symbol of valor to the Gauls. Besieged by the…

PASTA E CECI ALLA ROMANO

“Everything you see I owe to pasta.” SOPHIA LOREN Hi there, Last week we had a winter storm that dumped a lot of snow over the course of two days. On “snow days” my thoughts always run to a nice warm homemade pot of soup. I started to go through my pantry to get inspired…

WEEKEND COOKING

With Super Bowl Sunday fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to share with you three easy and delicious finger food recipes. “You don’t need a silver fork to eat good food.” Paul Prodhomme Football season is snack season, and finger food is the name of the game. Why not take advantage of this…

WEEKEND COOKING

With the Lunar New Year coming soon, I thought it might be fun to do some Chinese Food. “The cool thing is that now that people have made this evolution where cooking is cool, people are doing it on weekends, they’re doing their own challenges. It’s back to cooking. And it’s real cooking.” — Emeril Lagasse  The…

WEEKEND COOKING

People Who Love To Eat Are Always the Best People. Julia Child The weekend gives us more time to fool around and experiment with different flavors, techniques and recipes that we may have been curious about but haven’t had time to try. I hope to make this a regular Thursday post with recipes that have…

Another BOGO Recipe

Hi there, Today I am going to share with you two recipes using fig preserves. A few years ago, my husband planted two fig trees. (We live in New Jersey, so you can see I married an optimist). Well, to my delight, the trees produced an abundance of figs. Like any other fresh fruit, the…