Serving Up Suggestions for Super Bowl Sunday

It’s hard to believe that we’re already one month into the new year.  Time flies when your one week trip to Maui (without a computer) turns into two – not that I’m complaining.  We could’ve stayed longer, especially with the predicted blizzard that fizzled, but it was time to come back to reality, even if…

Roasted Monkfish Wrapped In Speck

When the weather is hot, I want to eat more seafood, especially locally caught fish.  Prices can get high for anything not farmed, and flounder doesn’t lend itself to much variety in preparation.  But don’t forget about monkfish.  Called the “poor-man’s lobster” for its texture, but it tastes more like meat.  Play this up by…

In Search of the Best Bahn Mi in Saigon

Just as in Hanoi, I had little interest in experiencing the bustling city life of Saigon – except for the street food.  Pho was my vice of choice in the North- and bahn mi was what I was intent on eating here.  And I wasn’t disappointed. Before the trip, I researched where to go: checking…

Spring Throwback: Risotto with Fiddlehead Ferns, Ramps and Morels

The farmers’ markets are filled with the first signs of spring.  Pungent ramps, tightly curled fiddlehead ferns and plump morel mushrooms should now be available.  Having eagerly awaited something fresh besides kale all winter, these ingredients are greedily scooped up by all the greenmarket shoppers I know.  Unfortunately, the prices reflect the short-growing season and…