We’re moving. If those words aren’t enough to strike terror in your heart then you have never moved. The reality is that we moved, mentally at least, over a year ago. New empty nesters, my husband and I bought an apartment in Pittsburgh’s Golden Triangle. We saw the downtown changing, growing more vibrant and interesting […]
To Market, To Market…
Okay, true confession: I have always wanted to be a contestant on the TV cooking show, Iron Chef. Just imagine having that whole panty filled with a dizzying array of the highest quality meats and produce available to you—not to mention the secret ingredient, showcased, glossy and inviting, like a sexy centerfold! It’s enough to […]
A Little Help from my Friends
I’m getting ready to leave on a multi-city trip to Europe this week. Two of our three children are studying abroad this semester and I view this trip as our prize for paying those hefty tuition bills (my husband, conversely, views this trip as an additional expense, on top of those hefty tuition bills).
And the Winner Is…
Most of the time, people tell me how much they enjoyed the book, which, of course is lovely, but, frankly, the most interesting discussions have been over what troubled people about the book—namely Mira’s violent response to Jake’s infidelity.
A Pinch and a Dash
A few weeks into the editing phase of my debut novel, my publisher asked me to include some Aftertaste recipes. The story, about an Italian-trained female chef, named Mirabella Rinaldi
Into the Fire
I’ve spent the last several months working on promotion for my first novel, which debuted September 1st. It is entitled Aftertaste: A Novel in Five Courses.
Consider the Fig
These fig recipes below aren’t really recipes—they are more like methods. Once you learn the method, feel free to improvise.
If we are what we eat then apparently most of us are cows. Last week Mario Batali weighed in on the surprising, horrifying and eye-opening Meat Eaters Guide to Climate Change and Health, a report compiled by the Environmental Working Group, analyzing data gathered from a variety of studies outlining the risks (both personal and […]
Last month I returned from my dream trip to Italy. As a birthday gift my husband and some of our closest friends rented a beautiful villa in a quiet little town at the base of the Dolomites. The villa included beautiful grounds, a swimming pool, 8 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and a huge, fully-stocked kitchen. (It […]
Midweek Dinner Party
It’s easy to put together a whole meal, making both Wednesday and Saturday nights the perfect nights to host a dinner party.