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Don’t call me ‘dear’

May 17, 2015 As you can imagine, I often receive restaurant stories wherever I go. Those restaurant experiences, ideas, observations and complaints, naturally come my way and I like that they do. more »»

Remembering Mom’s meals

May 3, 2015 I stepped into the attic and there it was. I knew it immediately: the plaid cover over the ring-bound noteboo. more »»

Trying the pizza in Brazil’s capital

April 19, 2015 I have to admit, I was skeptical. Pizza in Brasilia? Really? My stepdaughter assured me I would love it. She explained that Pizza a Besse is an all-you-can-eat pizzeria. more »»

Yearning for spring peas

April 5, 2015 “When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest.” — Ernest Hemingway, “A Moveable Feast” What makes me happiest in spring is fresh-picked peas. more »»

Minding manners at the dinner table

March 22, 2015 Chew with your mouth closed; don’t talk with your mouth full. We are out to a Grandma/Chloe lunch. more »»

50 reasons to eat at restaurants

March 8, 2015 Americans eat out all the time. Drive down any highway and see for yourself. Count the number of food establishments; check out the styles: fine dining, family diners, cafes, fast foo. more »»

Winter is rough on restaurants

February 22, 2015 “Bad weather always looks worse through a window.” — Tom Lehrer Oh no, it’s minus 2. My world is frozen and I have to go out to the grocery stor. more »»

Making Blizzard Valentine Cookies

February 8, 2015 It is cold and snowy. I can’t shovel yet, so I’m going to make valentine cookies. In my binder of handwritten recipes, I pull out a sheet: Blizzard Valentine Cookies. more »»

An adult vacation at Disney World

January 25, 2015 “Adults are only kids grown up anyway.” — Walt Disney The decorations are down, the work is completed, the kids and grandkids are gone. Freedom. more »»

Trying to guess restaurant recipes

January 11, 2015 I like to guess at the recipes used in restaurants. After I taste the food I order, I try to guess what ingredients are in it or how the dish is made. Sometimes I guess correctly. Sometimes I ask. more »»

10 resolutions for the new year

January 4, 2015 “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” — Henry Ford There are definite drawbacks to being in the public realm when it comes to making resolutions. more »»

New Year’s a time for responsibility

December 28, 2014 New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the seriousness of the drinking laws in New York state. The drinking age is 2. more »»

How to be a good overnight guest

December 21, 2014 Company chaos: n. A state of confusion and disorder caused by house guests that just don’t get it. Reference: “Christmas Vacation” movie. more »»

Suggestions for being a good guest

December 14, 2014 To be a good guest, all you have to do is remember you are wanted and welcome, or you would not have been invited. more »»

Making guests feel welcome

December 7, 2014 I recently asked my cousin, “How was your Thanksgiving?” “It was OK,” she responded. “Great to see everybody.” Sensing something else, I continued, “But ... more »»

Cookbooks are gift that keeps giving

November 30, 2014 “Well, what do you want for Christmas?” my husband asked recently. The obligatory question carried a tone of “let’s get this over with. more »»

No meal is easier than Thanksgiving

November 23, 2014 Recently, I happened to watch the sitcom “About a Boy.” The story line was a classic Thanksgiving one, in which much fuss is made about the “how to” of this yearly meal. more »»

Baking goodies for the craft fair

November 16, 2014 I know the holidays have started when I visit the Hadassah Craft Fair at the Gloversville Middle School on the weekend before Thanksgiving. more »»

Baldo’s twist on Italian tiramisu

November 9, 2014 As promised, I will continue my stories about our encounter with chef Baldassarre Fiorentino on the Amalfi coast of Italy. Baldo is an Italian cook in every way. more »»

Wine, chocolate: An odd pairing

November 2, 2014 Traveling to the post office in downtown Johnstown, as I maneuvered the corner by the old YMCA, I came face to face with a banner advertising St. John’s Church’s annual Wine and Chocolate Event. more »»

 
 
 

 

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