Baking, Beef, Cheese, Ethnic Recipes, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Lamb, Memoirs, One-Pot Dishes, Potatoes, Restaurant Reviews, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Things I Love, Travel, Uncategorized, Veggies

Moussaka and Memories of Greece

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Classic Greek Moussaka is one of the most popular Greek dishes, and a staple “comfort food” and main course meal in Greece (as Lasagna is in Italy). This tasty Greek dish is a culinary delight to those who sample it for the first time, and I experienced it when I went on a trip to the Greek Islands a few years ago for my birthday.… Read More Moussaka and Memories of Greece

Beef, Comfort Food, Desserts, Food and Drink Events, One-Pot Dishes, Restaurant Reviews, Travel, Uncategorized

Roadtrip! Food, Cocktails & Rodeo fun in Houston Texas

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One of my favorite things to do in the world is traveling – especially with my group of awesome girlfriends. We usually do a few group trips a year as we all live in different parts of the country: Nashville, NYC, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, LA..etc.… Read More Roadtrip! Food, Cocktails & Rodeo fun in Houston Texas

Chef Interviews, Food and Drink Events, Gourmet Food and Drinks, Guest Feature, Lifestyle, Markets, NYC, Restaurant Reviews, Things I Love, Travel, Uncategorized, Veggies

Blue Hill New York – a well deserved James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant

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I had the recent opportunity to have an intimate conversation with Trevor Kunk, Chef de Cuisine of Blue Hill New York about their history, philosophy, cuisine and thoughts on their recent James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant 2013. We sat in the charming back patio garden room as he told me the story of the… Read More Blue Hill New York – a well deserved James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant

Baking, Comfort Food, Entrees, Ethnic Recipes, Lifestyle, Memoirs, Mexican Food, One-Pot Dishes, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Side Dishes, Spanish Food/Tapas, Travel, Uncategorized

Tequila, Sunsets and a Mexican Feast in San Diego (Story + Recipes)

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I recently got back from an amazing trip to San Diego – one so lovely and rejuvenating that the sunsets are burned into my brain, leaving me wishing for more of the bright colorful skies, fresh air, palm trees swaying in the wind and cool sand between my toes. This is a fun trip that… Read More Tequila, Sunsets and a Mexican Feast in San Diego (Story + Recipes)

Appetizers, Breakfast, Breakfast Food, Ethnic Recipes, Fall Recipes, Food and Drink Events, Food Reviews, Guest Feature, Lifestyle, Markets, NYC, Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Things I Love, Travel, Uncategorized, Winter Recipes

Good Irish Food for a Good Cause: Good Food Ireland makes a U.S. Debut with Authentic Irish Food Products

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Good Food Ireland, the first-ever, all industry network driving food tourism in Ireland, kicks off its international debut in the U.S.. Seeking to promote innovations in contemporary Irish cuisine and the country’s commitment to sustainable, authentic products, the organization also hopes to inspire Americans to travel to Ireland to experience and engage with its citizens and… Read More Good Irish Food for a Good Cause: Good Food Ireland makes a U.S. Debut with Authentic Irish Food Products

BBQ, Cheese, Comfort Food, Drinks and Cocktails, Food and Drink Events, French Recipes, Grilled Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Kitchen and Home, Lifestyle, Markets, NYC, Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, Things I Love, Travel, Uncategorized

Top 10 {Things I Love} :: June 2012

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1. Big Green Egg Smoker/Grill On a recent trip to Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend I discovered this awesome Big Green Egg grill. If you haven’t seen one of these things – its totally cool and easy to use. And it’s BIG. And GREEN. And looks like and EGG. It’s actually a ceramic grill and smoker that reaches temperatures up to 700… Read More Top 10 {Things I Love} :: June 2012

Asian Food, Beef, Book Reviews, Cheese, Cocktails, Desserts, Drinks and Cocktails, Food and Drink Events, Food Reviews, Kitchen and Home, Lifestyle, Mexican Food, NYC, Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, Things I Love, Travel, Uncategorized

Top 10 {Things I Love} :: May 2012

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1. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese I stumbled upon this handmade cheese-making mecca a few weeks ago while on a stroll to the Union Square Farmer’s Market in the Flatiron District in NYC and was blown away by the impressive facility and store/restaurant as soon as I walked in. Founded by Seattle cheese maker Kurt Beecher Dammeier, Beecher’s… Read More Top 10 {Things I Love} :: May 2012

Appetizers, Baking, Breads, Desserts, Drinks and Cocktails, Eggs, Entrees, Grilled Recipes, Memoirs, One-Pot Dishes, Pies and Tarts, Pork, Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, Savory Dishes, Seafood, Seafood Recipes, Side Dishes, Slow Cooked/Stews, Southern/Soul Food, Spring Recipes, Stews, Thanksgiving Recipes, Travel, Turkey Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetable Dishes, Veggies, Winter Recipes

A Dose of Southern Comfort & Down-Home Recipes :: Part 1

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I recently took a cooking class at ICE that was all about Southern Cooking. In the spirit of the Kentucky Derby, I wanted share some of the awesome down-home Southern food we made. These are classic Southern recipes you’d find on the Sunday “Supper” table with a large group of friends and family, that scream… Read More A Dose of Southern Comfort & Down-Home Recipes :: Part 1

Chicken, Comfort Food, Entrees, Fall Recipes, Italian, Italian Dishes, Italian Food, Memoirs, One-Pot Dishes, Pasta, Savory Dishes, Special Occasion, Spring Recipes, Travel, Uncategorized, Veggies, Winter Recipes

California Dreamin’ :: Chicken, Wild Mushroom & Fontina Cheese Lasagna

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On a recent trip to San Diego with a group of friends, we made an awesome dinner one night, and definitely one to remember. We rented an amazing house right on the ocean at Mission Beach that had gorgeous views of the sunset  – – a huge round disk of bright orange, yellow and red… Read More California Dreamin’ :: Chicken, Wild Mushroom & Fontina Cheese Lasagna

Chef Interviews, Food and Drink Events, Travel, Uncategorized

Behind the Scenes :: Bocuse d’Or 2012 Chef Competition at CIA

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This past Sunday I was a lucky attendee of Bocuse d’Or USA 2012 – the premier Chef competition by Chef Paul Bocuse and The Bocuse d’Or Foundation, this year held at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. The competition is a 3 day event to reveal the USA contestants for the 2013 international… Read More Behind the Scenes :: Bocuse d’Or 2012 Chef Competition at CIA

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