Marshmallow Snowman In A Red Mug Of Cocoa.

Holiday Wishes.

I love Christmas. We are just five short days away from the most magical day of the year. As the 25th draws near, my melancholy mood increases. Each year I go through this, and each year Chip reminds me to enjoy every single moment of it. I know, I know. I never want this season to end. I love the smell of the four, yes four live trees in the house. (I just added a fresh tree to the bathroom.…

Steak Prepared In A Bag For Sous Vide Cooking

Do you Sous Vide?

What is Sous Vide? Don’t be intimidated by the French words. The literal meaning of sous vide is “under vacuum.”  According to Bon Appetit: “At its most fundamental level, sous vide cooking is the process of sealing food in an airtight container—usually a vacuum sealed bag—and then cooking that food in temperature-controlled water. …The water never comes to a boil. Yeah, it's pretty low-key. A sous vide machine uses a heated metal coil to warm water to a constant temperature,…

Inspirational Beach Scene With Typographic Quote

A chain of events teaching life lessons.

So often, a series of events occurs that causes us to pause. This past month, these events presented themselves to me with a one-two-three punch. I’d like to share these with you and perhaps impart some unsolicited wisdom. My 81 year old mother. Last month my mother took a terrible spill at home. At some point during the early afternoon, she fell in the kitchen. She cut her head terribly and by most accounts had laid there for hours. Upon…

Palte With Bacon & Eggs And Cup Of Coffee

Making a new friend and reading poetry over bacon and eggs.

Chip and I love to go out for breakfast. Going out for breakfast is a special treat for me. I love to cook but breakfast is a way to just sit, talk and catch up on the week’s events. I don’t have to cook or clean up and the coffee is flowing! Lakeside Farms in Ballston Lake, NY is a very special breakfast place. When you pull open that old wooden door, the bells on the top of the door…

Fig and Fennel Vodka.

When the weather gets cooler, it’s time to take your weekend cocktails up a notch. I love Prosecco and that is no secret but adding a little of your homemade Fig & Fennel Vodka makes it fall-like and sublime! Originally published online By FOOD & WINE, March 2006. What you need: 18 ounces vodka 1/2 pound dried Black Mission figs, quartered 1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced Options for add-in’s: Whole vanilla bean or a drop or two of pure…