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Reunion brings great memories and new recipe

October 4, 2015 I was invited to the 50th high school reunion of the class of 1965 at Utica Free Academy in Utica. I looked at the invitation on my email and thought, oh busboy, someone has made a big mistake. more »»

Celebrating the delicious bagel

September 20, 2015 Oh busboy, today is Bagelfest day. Lenders bagels was started in Connecticut in 1927 and in 1986, they opened the largest bagel factory in the country in Mattoon, Ill. more »»

Cooking this summer’s bounty

August 9, 2015 Yeah summer. My garden is just at the peak of producing. The farm-stands are unwrapped, the bins are full. The produce section is crammed with newly picked treasures. more »»

Cooking this summer’s bounty

August 9, 2015 Yeah summer. My garden is just at the peak of producing. The farm-stands are unwrapped, the bins are full. The produce section is crammed with newly picked treasures. more »»

Spirits producers tapping into virtual world to sell their products

August 9, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Want your martini shaken not stirred? How about streamed to your mobile device? Looking for more dynamic ways to communicate with customers — particularly millennials — spirits... more »»

Rice primer for everyday salad

July 12, 2015 I love my mother-in-law’s everyday easy rice salad and make it in the late summer. It calls for a cup of salsa. I use my homemade salsa made from home-grown tomatoes. more »»

Restaurants should keep seniors in mind

June 28, 2015 “It’s like reading your life story grandma. You even talk about when you were a little girl.” My granddaughter was reading my articles the other day. more »»

What are tapas?

June 14, 2015 Tapas. When was the first time if ever, that  you tried the  food called “tapas.” It was 10  years ago for me. We were in Spain. Malaga to be exac. more »»

Making sure you read the right label

May 31, 2015 My young niece picked out a box of cereal with a large flag on it that stated “low fat. more »»

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 »»

 
 
 

 

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