Panzanella Salad (aka Bread Salad) – Perfect Summer Side

I love bread – bread with butter, bread toasted with butter and homemade jam, bread made into French toast, and . . . stale bread made into a Panzanella salad. This is... Read more »

Puerto Rican Magic: Bacalaitos – Codfish Fritters

When one thinks of warm, lazy days on a beach, the Caribbean often come to mind. The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, a US territory, is a small cluster of islands among a... Read more »

When You Knead a Simple Treat and Fun Activity – Pretzel Time!

When I am faced with even the tiniest bit of downtime, I always end up making my way to the kitchen. I love the satisfaction of putting a few simple ingredients together... Read more »

Our Melting Pot: Aunty Shahnaz’s Parathas 

Food has always been a great equalizer. Sharing food and exchanging recipes have always proven to expand horizons and narrow divides. Being born in India, I was acutely aware of the epic India-Pakistan divide;... Read more »

Healthy and Versatile Spring Slaw Recipe

Truth is, I eat way more than my fair share of sugar. To offset this, I try to eat healthy meals as much as I can. I love a slaw any time... Read more »

Loving Locavore – Saucy, Herby, Sour(dough) 

The River Towns are home to a smorgasbord of outstanding artisanal food and drink makers. Here are three more local, passionate crafters of high-quality tastiness.  Dave Mundis and Mike Vincent, frat brothers at Colgate University, were... Read more »

A One-Bowl Blueberry Beauty – No Mixer Mother’s Day Coffee Cake

I recently found this tattered old recipe for a Blueberry Coffee Cake when I was going through my old recipe box. It was written in my teenage handwriting and the ink had faded but I was able... Read more »

The Joy of Celebrating Small 

Many of my clients have discovered a new outlook on marking special occasions: the joy of celebrating small. The pandemic may have forced us to minimize group size for the safety of all, but I’m hoping this... Read more »

What’s Cookin: An Unbeatable Recipe for the Best Comfort Food

Southern hospitality is legendary in itself; however, I cannot help but marvel at the amiability and warmth I am engulfed in when I meet a Southerner.  My friend, Mary Case Friedner, a born and... Read more »

Cortlandt’s Bucci Coffee Has Fresh Approach to Cold-Brewed Java 

Need a pick-me-up? Then head over to Cortlandt Manor-based coffee producer Bucci Coffee, which specializes in fair trade, single origin beans, cold brewed. Owner Nik Bucci’s interest in the beverage was inspired by time spent in... Read more »