Spectacular Soft-Shell Crab.

If you have never tried soft-shell crabs in any way, shape, or form, you are missing out on a spring palate rite of passage! Recipes are plentiful this time of year but I love this particular version from MELISSA CLARK and the New York Times Cooking website.  Of course, I took some liberty, but the basic recipe is Ms. Clark’s: What you need: 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature ¾ cup arugula leaves, stems trimmed 1 tablespoon…

A note to my college graduate.

Amelia, I could start this out with so many thoughts and sayings about graduation such as, “We are so proud.,” or “Congratulations,” but that’s not you is it? No, it is not. My words  of wisdom and joy to you are “You are no longer driving the struggle bus!” You are on your way now. These four years have gone by with so many challenges and joys. I have loved being a part of it, yet, those never-ending questions! I…

It’s Small Business Week

Support small businesses this week and every week. By doing so, you build your community, teach your children the value of small business and benefit from these entrepreneurs.  Take a moment and think before you purchase. Sometimes it takes a little longer to get a cup of coffee from a local barista but you are supporting your neighbors. Lost a button or need something hemmed?  Find a local seamstress. They are out there and they are great! Farm to table…

Bacon Brownies: Friend or Foe?

Bacon and brownies, what do you think? I ask you, "Who doesn’t like those two yummy foods?" Well my friend Kim, proprietor of The Healthy Café Food Truck in Albany, NY is our guest blogger today. Kim and crew of the Healthy Café Food Truck pull into downtown Albany each day loaded with fresh and delicious healthy food. From wraps to salads tossed with a joke or two: “If two vegetarians get into a fight, is it still called a…

Summer is on the way- Time for Pickled Red Onions

I am trying very hard to be optimistic as I sit here in jeans, Ugg slippers, and a warm sweater. It is, after all, May 3rd, and Mother Nature is really holding on tight. None-the-less, the flowers are blooming, and the deck furniture is out so let’s start thinking about grilling and summer food! Pickled red onions are spectacular. They can be used in anything from salad, to fish tacos. The acidity and texture are a welcome addition to summer…