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
"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
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
If you want to hit the road this summer, here's your destination... Honestly, I never had any intention of going to Niagara Falls. It was one of those out-of-the-way places that seemed intriguing but a little too remote to make the top of my travel bucket list. And, let's be honest, it's just a down-sized … Continue reading Niagara Falls Rocks!
My father-in-law, Armand (aka "Cook"), is easily one of the coolest people I've ever met and undeniably "the most interesting man in the world." Not only is he always primed with a valuable lesson, a fascinating anecdote or an entertaining story from his many life experiences, but at 82 years young, he's still writing and … Continue reading Awww, shucks!
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
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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…
Sticking to a healthy eating plan doesn't have to leave you feeling deprived and miserable. Sure you'll likely have to give up some of your favorite vices (in my case, Starbucks and chardonnay), but you don't have to starve yourself to realize the benefits. It does require eating realistic-size portions (i.e. no more than 4 … Continue reading Roasted White Fish with Tomato-Kalamata Salsa
There's no escaping it. The holidays are long over... much fun has been had...and I've got the extra five pounds to prove it. OK, my clothes haven't fit properly since October, but even still, I just wasn't committed to dieting immediately following the holidays. For me, winter is a time to hunker down with some … Continue reading It’s all fun & games until…the diet starts