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Italian recipes from Chef Baldo

October 26, 2014 Last week, I introduced my readers to Baldassarre Fiorentino, an Italian chef who enhanced our Italian experience by visiting our villa and teaching us to cook his Amalfie Coast cuisin. more »»

Learning from an Italian master chef

October 19, 2014 A once-in-a-lifetime vacation: the Amalfie Coast in southern Italy. more »»

Complaining gives restaurants new ideas

October 5, 2014 Odd as this sounds, complaints are important. Complaints tell the establishment what is wrong. If the customer doesn’t complain, potential problems might be misse. more »»

Comfort foods perfect for fall

September 28, 2014 I feel lazy today. As I sit in the late-day sun, my mind is thinking about preparing some luscious fall-related foods that I can share with my readers. Oh busboy, I’m thinking fall. more »»

Rose wine unfairly gets bad reputation

September 21, 2014 Overheard: “Do you like rose?... more »»

Ebola can be spread through food, fluids

September 14, 2014 Recently, while grazing the channels, I stopped at “Frontline,” the acclaimed PBS news magazine. The show began with a report of the Ebola outbreak in a small town in Sierra Leone. more »»

Tips for eating, enjoying soft diet

September 7, 2014 Today, we are going to look at some ideas for use in a soft diet. I know you what you are thinking: “Really, Anita? You must be getting old if you are worrying about a soft diet. more »»

How to be a diva in the dining room

August 31, 2014 Helping my Saratoga friend set the table for her dinner party, I was folding the napkins into swans when she commented, “You’ve got to meet my colleague Susanne; she is a real dining-room diva. more »»

Learning to love annual pickling

August 24, 2014 My mother never pickled. My mother-in-law pickled everything. I have cooked everything, but never pickled. A few years ago, my non-pickling years ran out. more »»

‘I’m OK’ is not OK for an answer

August 17, 2014 While I recently was sitting in the booth at lunch at one of our more frequented restaurants, the waiter handed us our menus and I absently said, “Thank you. more »»

Restaurants need patrons to stay open

August 10, 2014 My friend Mary Ellen arrived at my back door recently, exclaiming a local restaurant had gone out of business. “When did that happen?” she asked. “Oh, I think a few months ago,” I answered. more »»

Appetizer versus hors d’ouevre

August 3, 2014 “Let’s have an appetizer.” “Oh no, we’ve had too many appetizers already.” “Oh, those were hors d’oeuvres, not appetizers. more »»

Add some spice, herbs to kitchen

July 27, 2014 “Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I’m taking with me. more »»

Dining out differs between the sexes

July 20, 2014 “Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then. more »»

Upselling can be pushy or helpful

July 13, 2014 Did you ever see the cartoon of the waiter with the black eye who comments, “I don’t make suggestions anymore”? The debate goes on: Is “Do you want fries with that?” over the top? Is it offensive... more »»

Awareness key for avoiding salmonella

July 6, 2014 We just heard it again. Salmonella is back, big time. Just when we think we have it under control, it comes to visit again. more »»

Maitre d’s have tradition of service

June 29, 2014 While helping me set the table recently, my granddaughter placed a towel over her forearm and exclaimed, “I’m the maitre d’. more »»

Ice not as popular outside of U.S.

June 22, 2014 Why don’t Europeans put ice in their drinks? They lost the recipe. Yesterday, I visited the drive-thru at McDonald’s, ordering the iced coffee on special, $1 for a medium size. I looked at the cup. more »»

Going out to eat on Father’s Day

June 15, 2014 It’s Father’s Day, again. The country and the world make plans every June to honor fathers. This is the day that we make contact with Dad for Dad’s sake. more »»

Tips for storing, transporting wine

June 8, 2014 During the last week or so, I have been asked questions about the storage of wine. I have a horizontal wine rack, so I put all my wines, red and white, in the horizontal position, lying down. more »»



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