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Peach Hand Pies from Lisa Donovan in Food and Wine Magazine

Peach Hand Pies from Lisa Donovan in Food and Wine Magazine

Our peaches out on the East End of Long Island are outstanding this year.  They’re glorious to look at—all those colors from deep golden yellow mottled with shades of orange and red, almost to purple. It seems almost a shame to peel them, let alone […]

Claire Saffitz’ Steak Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

Claire Saffitz’ Steak Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette

We were serving lunch outdoors this weekend. I was looking for something simple to do. We’d planned a weekend of several different dishes in the “chicken or fish” categories. Cruising through August’s Bon Appetit, I saw a stunning salad.  Beautiful cherry tomatoes, thin slices of […]

Savory Roasted Tomato Tarte Tatin

Savory Roasted Tomato Tarte Tatin

        A couple of years ago, I read a very detailed recipe for a tomato Tarte Tatin in Bon Appetit. I worked with the recipe and came up with two versions of the dish. Now that Tomato season is in full swing, I revisited this […]

My latest article on Viking River’s newest Douro River Cruiseship has just been published…Enjoy!

My latest article on Viking River’s newest Douro River Cruiseship has just been published…Enjoy!

Sailing The Douro On Viking’s Newest ‘Baby’ Longship, Viking Helgrim August 4, 2019 By Guest Post Leave a Comment Guest post by Monte Mathews The Douro, The River of Gold, is Portugal’s gift to river cruising. Viking Cruises is bringing its formula of absolutely top-notch […]

Cucumber and Peach Salad with Mint…thanks to a new Hampton’s Farm Stand

Cucumber and Peach Salad with Mint…thanks to a new Hampton’s Farm Stand

For all their most recent history as a summer resort for the rich and famous, the East End of Long Island has been farmland from the arrival of the first English settlers in 1640.  The land and the climate here are extraordinarily good for growing.  […]

Chez Panisse’s Blueberry Cobbler and a salute to the one and only Molly O’Neill

Chez Panisse’s Blueberry Cobbler and a salute to the one and only Molly O’Neill

The Food World suffered a great loss last month.  Molly O’Neill, one of the best food writers in the country died at just 66 years of age.  Molly O’Neill was the heir to a great legacy of food journalism that includes such luminaries at M.F.K. […]

Melissa Clark’s Grilled Flank Steak with Worcestershire Butter

Melissa Clark’s Grilled Flank Steak with Worcestershire Butter

We almost invariably salute the coming weekend with a steak dinner on Friday night. We were both brought up eating beef but we’ve cut down our consumption mightily.  And we have a new issue in our new apartment.  Our kitchen is completely open.  And despite […]

Blueberry-Muffin Cake from Fine Cooking

Blueberry-Muffin Cake from Fine Cooking

If you’re looking for a great cooking magazine, you really should look into Fine Cooking. It’s a wonderful learning tool. It would make a great gift for the Graduate or anyone starting out on their own. Its recipe directions are not shorthand. They’re written to […]


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Northern Fried Chicken courtesy of Blue Ribbon and The Bromberg Brothers

Northern Fried Chicken courtesy of Blue Ribbon and The Bromberg Brothers

Pictured above… Northern Fried Chicken with a Watermelon and Arugula Salad There are times when I just don’t want to post a recipe because it’s just too good.  It’s not that I am trying to keep it from you.  It is just that once a […]

Valentine’s Day Advice: Make Dessert First.  This Chocolate Soufflé will fit the bill.

Valentine’s Day Advice: Make Dessert First. This Chocolate Soufflé will fit the bill.

If there’s any worst night to go out all year, it is surely Valentine’s Day…although I think New Year’s Eve is a very close second. I was pretty well sure Valentine’s Day was an invention of Hallmark Cards but that’s not at all true.  It’s […]

Attention Trader Joe’s Shoppers:  Our top 6 favorite discoveries and one we thought was a dud.

Attention Trader Joe’s Shoppers: Our top 6 favorite discoveries and one we thought was a dud.

If you’ve spent any time reading this blog, you know I am a huge fan of Trader Joe’s and not just because there happens to be one just three blocks from our place in the city.   I will suffer the crowds for the convenience and […]