Meyer Lemon and Gin Slushees

Gin and juice is the quintessential summertime refresher, and this frozen variation made with Meyer lemons adds a whole new element of fun to an old favorite. It's a little sweet, a little tart and a whole lot of cool -- like an adult Slurpee! With its sunny yellow color and flecks of lemon zest, … Continue reading Meyer Lemon and Gin Slushees

Tuscany’s Timeless Treasures

Part Due: The riches of the Montepulciano Region “In vino veritas.” (In wine there is truth.) – Pliny, the Elder, 23-79 A.D.      Italy, though smaller in size than France or California, is actually the world’s largest wine-producing country and one of the oldest, dating back to Etruscan times (from which the name 'Tuscany' is … Continue reading Tuscany’s Timeless Treasures

Tuscany’s Timeless Treasures

"With some fava beans and a nice chianti..." The Tuscan countryside in the springtime is nothing short of breathtaking. The undulating hillsides -- a patchwork of dramatic greens and yellows so vibrant that they could give the Emerald City a run for its money -- appear to be made of soft, silky velvet. Are you … Continue reading Tuscany’s Timeless Treasures

Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

Ever notice that funny, paper-wrapped sphere in the vegetable section of your grocery store and wonder, "What in the world do you do with that"? Take a second to peel back the papery husk, and you will find something that looks like a small, firm green tomato; and, in fact, it shares many similarities with … Continue reading Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

Savory Smoked Trout Spread

Smoked fish has long been a staple in many cultures and geographical locales. One would expect to see smoked fish on a menu in Charleston, Seattle or Maine, for example, or in any of the Scandinavian countries. And the ubiquitous smoked salmon is considered "food for the soul" for many a New Yorker. Typically the … Continue reading Savory Smoked Trout Spread

Roasting Peppers is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Are you still buying roasted red peppers in a jar? Possibly you've noticed that the flavor of jarred peppers is somewhat different than freshly roasted peppers. That's because they're packed in a brine designed to extend their shelf-life. That brine usually consists of a blend of ingredients, such as salt, sugar and citric acid, which … Continue reading Roasting Peppers is as easy as 1, 2, 3…