Red, White and Baby Blue!

Beaches, BBQs and booze.  That’s the typical agenda for celebrating our nation’s holiday over this long weekend.  But in all the hype, we often overlook that – for various reasons – not everyone gets to down several hot dogs and bottles of beer. This year my ability to eat and drink has been slightly curtailed.…

Caving in Vietnam

There’s Throwback Thursday (and now Tuesday) and Flashback Friday- so why not Memory Monday?  Here’s one of my favorites from two years ago.  Such an incredible trip to Vietnam, especially our trek to Son Doong Cave – supposedly the world’s largest. Our visit to Phong Nha National Park and the surrounding jungle was with Oxalis Adventure Tours – the…

The Beauty of New York State Parks

I admit that I’m not that well-traveled in this country.  Given the choice between England and New England, I’d pick the overseas flight rather than the traffic-filled drive.  But in the summer, air travel can be cost-prohibitive.  Plus, if you don’t have the ability to get away for a full week or more, it may…

Fresh Pasta with Grilled Squid and Ramps

Here’s one last ramp recipe for the tail end of the season on a not so warm (early) start to the Memorial Day weekend in the Northeast.  If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Instagram, you’ll see I’ve been experimenting with making my own pasta using my Mom’s machine.  It only takes a few…

The Elusive Thin Crust Pizza

If I traveled to Italy to learn how to become a pizzaiolo, I likely could have finished this post sooner.  But since my goal was to sort through different recipes and flours, it took 6 months to figure out what worked for a thin crust pizza at home. Wanting an option if short on time,…