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…]

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…]

Spicy Corn and Bean Gazpacho

I’ve been thinking about making a corn soup this summer and was waiting until the local corn was in its prime. We recently had a great dinner (food and wine) with Carolyn R and Jonathan R. Carolyn made this yummy cold soup and I knew that I had to give it a try. [Read more…]

Lavender and Lemon Olive Oil-Cornmeal Cake (Gluten-Free)

It’s berry season and for me that means any excuse to serve them. For a recent Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC) dinner I was charged with dessert and I wanted to find something to go with local fresh strawberries. Think of this cake as a substitute for the shortcakes in strawberry shortcake. [Read more…]

Classic Deviled Eggs

My college/post-college roommate and maid of honor, Elisabeth R, loves patriotic holidays – following in the footsteps of her paternal grandmother, Dot C. About a decade ago Elisabeth came east from Seattle with her husband (Dan S) and Mom (Judy R) to celebrate 4th of July in Cherry Hill, NJ at her grandmother’s home.  [Read more…]

Lemon-Basil Potato Salad

Potato salad and summer make a perfect pair. I like that you can make it in advance and in may cases it improves as it sits for a few hours. [Read more…]

Rosé Aperol Spritz

My parents recently returned from Italy where they enjoyed a few Aperol Spritzs along with the sights. They thoughtfully texted pictures of their drinks to us – a strong desire to photograph food/drinks must run in the family. [Read more…]

Herb Yogurt Cheese

Who grew up thinking Boursin cheese was about the fanciest cheese around? Back before we were obsessed with artisan cheeses this garlic and herb cheese from France was often served for special occasions. Boursin cheese was created by François Boursin in Normandy, France in 1957. [Read more…]