Spanish Marinated Carrots

This month marks 10 years of the forming of our Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC). While the members of our group may have changed the overall theme of the group has not. We have been and continue to be all about sharing food, wine, laughter and friendship. [Read more…]

Kale, Cranberry, Pecan, Feta and Brown Rice Salad

People tend to either love kale or have a strong disdain for it. You’re supposed to love it because it’s good for you but unless it’s prepared correctly it can be easy not to like it. I think the key to loving kale is mixing it with other well-liked ingredients. [Read more…]

Autumn Chicken, Bacon and Vegetable Bake

Nobody is going to be surprised that I subscribe to many cooking magazines (good old fashioned paper ones that appear in my mailbox) plus a bunch of online blogs as well. In reading my fall issues, I kept coming across a variety of recipes for one pan chicken meals and decided that I should give it a try. [Read more…]

Chamomile Tea Vodka Cocktail

I first had a Chamomile tea cocktail at my youngest sister’s (Sarah S) bachelorette party back in 2004. We ended a fun night in Boston with a drink at the Copley Hotel bar. It’s only taken me 13 years to pay tribute to that memorable drink. [Read more…]

Apple and Cheddar Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

My favorite season is approaching. The temperatures are cooling and soon the leaves in the northeast will be changing, too. With each new season there’s a chance to make some old favorite recipes and try some new ones, too. [Read more…]

Mango Lassi

My paternal grandmother would travel north each summer bringing with her a box of Florida fruits. I have fond childhood memories of sliced mangoes served atop vanilla ice cream for dessert. In an effort to hold onto summer just a bit longer I’m sharing a simple recipe for a mango lassi. [Read more…]

Pecan Squares (Gluten-Free)

Our friends Kathy H and John W recently invited us to a North Carolina BBQ at their home. John takes his BBQ very seriously – we’ve been told that he sometimes sleeps outside to tend to his brisket overnight. We were asked to bring a dessert so I started looking at menus from BBQ places in North Carolina and saw a lot of banana pudding (also suggested by my NC friend, Cathy R), key lime pie and pecan pie. [Read more…]

Burrata Caprese Salad

I first wrote about burrata in 2014 out of “concern” that the world (or at least the people who read Riegl Palate) weren’t aware of the wonders of this simple cheese. As sad as this may sound we had some friends for dinner on Saturday night and two of the three of them had still never heard of it and the third I’d introduced to burrata just last fall. I realized that I needed to step up my campaign. [Read more…]

Blackberry-Rosemary Rum Cocktail

We recently attended a big family reunion on my stepmother’s (Peggy T) side that’s been in the works since last summer. Early on I was assigned a signature cocktail and needless to say I took this assignment quite seriously. After all how often to 49 of my favorite people gather in one place? [Read more…]

Shrimp and Corn Boil

Going to a real New England clam bake is on my bucket list. I think I must have read about one as a child and while I’m far into adulthood, the closest I’ve gotten to going to one was years ago when Rhode Islander Ken D (a dear friend and former colleague) ordered a clam bake in a pot that he had shipped to Pennsylvania for a party. While the food was great it wasn’t quite the same the same as dining at the ocean. [Read more…]