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“Julie & Julia”… and Grandma Betty

Several years ago, I went out on a “Girl’s Night” with my 93-year-old grandmother, Betty. It was a simple plan. I’d pick her up, take her out for an early dinner, and then we’d catch the 7 p.m. showing of the movie, “Julie & Julia. 

Post-Shopping Party of One.

It’s a busy time of year, but you still need fast-paced entertainment -- and quick delicious bites and sips.

Pumpkin Risotto

Risotto is one of those dishes that takes a little bit of elbow grease but is in fact insanely easy. It’s also a true crowd-pleaser and a guest-impresser!

Home Chef

I think that we can all agree that sometimes life gets crazy and even finding the time to put dinner on the table feels overwhelming. You know the feeling - after a long day at work, hours in traffic and a half-hearted attempt at “sweating it out” at the gym, the last thing you want to worry about is figuring out what to eat.

Za’atar Chicken Dinner

Some nights call for takeout and some nights call for a little something special. With the season change comes the daylight change. Sometimes on a chilly, dark Tuesday night, it’s nice to make something that’s warm and luscious, yet herbaceous and bright all at once. This chicken is spatchcocked, or de-backboned, for a quick cook.

A Pumpkin Soup to Fall For

With no empirical evidence to back up my theory, I’d say that fall is the most beloved of all seasons. It’s magical briskness has a way of charming even the most prudent cold weather hater – it’s certainly the most romantic of the seasons.

An Everyday Leg of Lamb

I think that when a lot of people think of lamb, they think of celebrations, the holidays, etc. It is my opinion that lamb shouldn’t be something reserved for a special occasion. It is a marvelous meat with a grassy flavor.

A Cake for All Occasions of Indulgence

Dessert is an exceptionally important part of life. It gives you a way to indulge once in a while and this cake really does the trick. It’s a mix of two of my favorite desserts, tarte tatin and sour cream cake. Where a more traditional tarte tatin would have you caramelize your fruit and cover it with a layer of puff pastry, I’ve found that covering the fruit in this sour cream cake produces a great lemony tang to balance the ubiquitous sweetness of the fruit.

Shakshuka: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Shakshuka is one of those meals that is so easy you can’t believe how delicious it is. It’s a perfectly simple meal for a weeknight dinner or a quick way into a warm weekend lunch. It’s filling, comforting, sweet and spicy.

Figs Two Ways

The last few weeks of summer are so precious; you want to take it all in. Get in that last lake swim, one final camping trip, and probably one more al fresco dinner party - the kind that lasts from late afternoon to well past sunset, consists of multiple bottles of wine and lots of things to nibble on.

Starry Nights: Where To Gaze at the Big Cosmos

No matter what time of year, camping around the United States is pitch perfect for tents, vintage Airstreams and RV’s, s’mores over toasty bonfires and the occasional camp song (preferably with a banjo in hand).

Diamond Collection Cans

Ah, September. The month that asks you to return your white pants to whence they came and implores you to pull out your well-worn sweaters and boots. The month that lends itself to cuddling up with a good book and a divine glass of red wine.

Chicken Soup for a Summer Cold

Summer colds are the absolute worst. They come on quick and force you to spend precious summer daylight under the covers, binging on shows you’ve seen one hundred times.

Hand Pies

I’m a big believer that all summer adventures should include dessert. There are certain desserts that just seem to make sense in summer and not at any other time of the year. Desserts that pair well with salty hair and sun-kissed skin.

Mom’s Pesto

Pesto – one of the tastiest, easiest, most versatile ways to spice up just about anything. First of all, it’s bright green. Second of all, it tastes like cheese and basil, which are arguably two of the best things in life.

Oodles and Oodles of Sesame Noodles

Summer in the city: humidity radiates from everything, and somehow even the most powerful A/C doesn’t hold up to the pudding like coating that you acquire when you walk down the street in July.  

A Celebratory Barbecue

July 4th weekend is a great time to gather your friends and family and celebrate our great nation. It’s also a great time to gather your friends and family and have a reason to celebrate life in general. We took the opportunity here to gather and enjoy each other’s company for lunch on a sunny Thursday to give you some fun ideas for a July 4th barbecue.

Lamb Burgers

If there’s one thing that's for  certain – it’s that summer is time for burgers. On the grill or in cast iron. On a picnic table or for a living room picnic. There’s really no wrong way to eat a burger in the summer. And it seems like they are everywhere. So sometimes it’s nice to take a break from beef or turkey or even veggie and try something a little different.

Chowdah & Nostalgia

There’s something about summer that makes me crave Clam Chowder. It feels completely counter-intuitive – a hot, creamy soup on a hot day? But you know what?  It works. It smells like ocean, and tastes like the sea breeze. It allows you to be on a wharf even when you might be stuck inside an office all day or unable to make it to a body of water on a sweltering day. My suggestion? Whip up a batch of this, turn the groovy tunes up and pour yourself some Chardonnay.

Always Bring the Adventure

This summer, there is absolutely no doubt that you will be invited to a barbeque (or four). We wanted to make sure that you were armed with a few super easy crowd pleasers that are sure to get a few “ooohs” and even more “aahs.” So this summer, leave the macaroni salad at home. 

Antipasti for a Crowd

So…all of a sudden your best friend called her boyfriend who called his buddies and now you’ve got about 15 people arriving to your small backyard in just under two hours. There will be plenty of wine, of course, but you want to make sure that your hostess skills are on point. Although tradition might say that it’s not in the best taste to invite friends to a friend’s house without notice, we say the more the merrier. 

Bodellicious Bites: Crab Risotto

As a chef and a fisherman, there are few times of the year that get me as excited as Dungeness crab season. Crab is one of my favorite sea creatures to fish for and to eat. As a fisherman, there is nothing quite like the anticipation of pulling up a crab trap from the ocean bottom, calculating how heavy it feels as you retrieve the line, and swinging the trap over the gunwale of your boat to finally come face to face with your catch.