A Maryland of Opportunity

That’s the punchy current state slogan.  The former was “Seize The Day Off” – so maybe the Maryland tourism board could use a little help, but you get the idea.  This month, I’m encouraging you to explore Maryland.  If you live within driving distance, you’ll be surprised at what an amazing and inexpensive adventure you…

Spring Cocktail: Spicy Blood Orange Smash

There’s something tantalizing and forbidden about the blood red juice hidden beneath the bright orange rind.  Slightly bitter than regular oranges and a glorious color, blood orange juice is a perfect mixer, especially for Cinco de Mayo.  (Even if it’s a holiday created by Corona and Tostitos, any excuse for a party works for me.) …

Game Day Ideas

Just as with the “Homemades” and “Crabby Snacks” in Silver Linings Playbook, we all have our traditions for game day food.  (Note that these are NOT common fare for most Eagles fans.)  But when it’s Super Bowl Sunday and your team isn’t playing, everything changes.  Instead of sulking, use it as an opportunity to serve…

Wowed by WD-50

For years, I’d been wanting to try the acclaimed WD-50.  Recent appearances of its chef, Wylie Dufresne, on Top Chef only served to heighten my interest.  Now he offers a 12 course tasting menu for $155 and a 5 course one featuring old favorites that he calls “From the Vault” for $90 (there’s an amuse…

Holiday Cocktail: Bacon Infused Rye

If you’re looking for a last minute gift for the holidays, think of something homemade.  Like infused alcohol.  You can add almost any ingredient that you like to whatever spirit would be enjoyed most.  Infuse tequila with a few jalapenos (the longer this sits, the hotter it will be).  Add cinnamon, lemon or pineapple to…

More Cheese, Please

A phrase I often say.  As you can probably tell from many of my posts, I love cheese.  I have it almost every day.  (My cholesterol levels happen to be great in case you were wondering.)  Be it cow, sheep, goat or a combo.  Soft, semi-soft or hard.  Great on its own or simply paired…