My Favorite Ragù alla Bolognese

    Kitztbühel, Austria is a place I long to return to.  It’s a charming little town full of history and home to some pretty good skiing.  It’s also where we my husband and I were introduced to one of our favorite artists, Alfons Walde.  Walde studied painting in the early 2oth century and was […]


I used to make hummus quite a bit, but in the last few years, it has somehow slipped off my normal recipe rotation.  It’s easy to prepare, it’s healthy and it tastes good–what’s not to like? I found my hummus recipe on the good old web many years ago and after making it for the […]

Rigatoni with Vodka Sauce

I can eat pasta everyday of my life.  Light and healthy or rich and creamy, I’ll take it.  And I’ve done it, too, for three weeks at a time on our trips to Italy.  Lunch, dinner, maybe even breakfast if it were served then.  On the way home, vanity taps me on the shoulder and […]


  If there was ever a good reason for me to make three dozen not-so-little gougères for only two people, it’s this:  I wanted to conquer a 15-year old fear. When I first saw a friend make cheese puffs years ago, I was told that I had to make sure to stir the water/butter/flour mixture […]

Easy Roast Chicken

Why am I so gullible when it comes to roast chicken recipes?  If it claims to be perfect, I believe the promise.  It seems the recipes I select don’t even vary too much at all–the herbs and spices may change a bit–but yes, I always end up thinking I’ve made the perfect roast chicken…until the […]

Zuni Café Caesar Salad…Almost

I’ve been using my own recipe for Caesar salad for years and haven’t thought much about changing things up at all.  However, a recent visit to San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe had me changing my tune.  I was in the city for a day of shopping with a couple of visiting friends–old and new–and we took […]

Weekday Fried Rice

Long days at work really hamper my desire to prepare elaborate meals.  On days like these, all I want is to go home and have dinner on the table in less than half an hour.  A one-pot meal, even better.  Fortunately, I’ve learned to stock up my pantry/fridge with items that are easy to prepare. […]

Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Amaretti Torte

If you’ve been reading food blogs for at least a couple of years, this recipe would be nothing new to you.  Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking:  From My Home to Yours has earned quite a following, especially when Tuesdays with Dorie set out to bake each recipe in the book in 2008.  Of course, I’m late […]