Spicy “Creamed” Corn

At this point in the summer, gardens are overflowing with eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn and peppers.  It’s hard to come up with new recipes and figure out how what to do with all of summer’s bounty.  When seeking inspiration, I turn to recipes I’ve already made. Often an adjustment to the technique, such as…

Cool As A Cucumber

It’s H-O-T and humid here in the Northeast.  And the last thing I want to do is turn on my oven.  Fortunately, I have access to a grill and can do most of my cooking outside under a shady cover of trees.  Though it’s tempting to grill just about everything, trying to grill cilantro, which…

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…

Bastille Day Tribute: The New Wine Bars of Paris

Having a glass of wine in France is like having water in the US (unless you’re in California). In fact, you’ll rarely be offered water when dining in Paris. On this Bastille Day, I thought it was fitting to finally finish my last post on Paris and write about the French tradition of wine consumption,…

Chilling Out in Charleston and IOP

When trying to plan a last minute getaway, the first consideration is the weather.  Any place where the forecast calls for little chance of rain and warm weather works for me – and, of course, good food.  With those caveats in mind, we ended up booking an impromptu 3 day weekend trip to the Charleston…

The New Nashville

From its humble days of meat and three’s and chain restaurants, Nashville exploded onto the food scene a few years ago with the widely acclaimed Catbird Seat in 2011, followed by Rolf and Daughters in 2012 and Husk a year later.  The previously under-the-radar “hot fried chicken” also became a national sensation.  Now it’s accessible…