Jan 25

Irish Coffee – Two Inventors?

When you eat your way through a foodie town like San Francisco, you need to take a break. Step out of the cold misty air and recharge for the evening activities. You can do that with a world-famous Irish Coffee from The Buena Vista Café. So warming and so rejuvenating.

Irish Coffee

Irish Coffee

I loved hearing the story of how the original saloon warmed and rejuvenated fisherman before going back to the work on the boats, and how tourists braved the Hyde St. hill to do the same.

Years later I went to Ireland. It was a drive trip so we could stop when and where we wanted. We made our way along narrow roads lined with rock walls on one side and cliffs on the other. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17

Central Park in Autumn

Central Park in Autumn

There are certain things you MUST experience when you go to New York City. You must take a taxi, see a Broadway show, visit at least two museums, take a picture of the Statue of Liberty, and eat a hot pretzel.

Central Park in Autumn

There are plenty of other buildings and places to see but if you don’t walk through Central Park in autumn, you miss the really big show.

My first trip to New York City was in the autumn. Fortunately, I arrived in the morning and had a little time before I met my friend for lunch. I took a yellow taxi from the airport. There were dozens of them; every mile of road had dozens of them. I hadn’t told my driver that I was in a hurry but that certainly did not seem to matter to him. He swerved in and out of the traffic, honking his horn with each maneuver. There were so many of them swooshing about that they created a striking, unforgettable yellow contrast against the bright blue sky.

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Oct 12

Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese

Is there a better lunch on a rainy day than tomato soup and a grilled cheese? It really doesn’t matter what age you are but the answer is “No”. Sure, the combination is great on other days too, but something about the coolness of a grey, rainy day compels me to put on some soup and heat up my skillet.  tomato-soup

Tomato soup and grilled cheese is always on the “comfort food” lists. I didn’t know who developed that list or why.   Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 26

Pancakes for Dinner

What’s for dinner? What are we having? Again?  How many times did you ask this as a child? How many times have you heard these same expressions raising your own kids?

The concept of breakfast for dinner, or pancakes for dinner,  is not exactly new. Pancakes go as far back in history as written food documentation exists. No wonder eateries around the world market to our pancake loving selves by declaring that breakfast is served all day.

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Sep 21

Frost on the Pumpkins

I’ve had the honor to meet just a couple of great chefs; none more important than Julia Child.

She had just released the Cooking With Master Chefs cookbook and television series in the Autumn of 1993. The book had granted her the opportunity to work with guest chefs which was something she had always wanted to do. The talent among the collection of guests was remarkable in itself. Creating food alongside Julia Child produced spectacular recipes and memorable shows. I can’t even imagine the fun she and her guests had in creating this series.

Julia Child

Julia Child

I had to have it. I waited outside the bookstore in a very long line. I nervously calculated whether I had arrived early enough to “make the cut”. I clutched my brand new copy of the cookbook in my arms. I also had on a rain slicker and umbrella in defense of the very cold, wind and rain. Maybe she would have to cancel the signing stop. She was, after all, eighty-one years young at the time.  It just wouldn’t be the same without her signature. The line slowly began to move.  Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 10

World Alzheimer’s Month for Foodies

Purple for Alzheimer's

Purple for Alzheimer’s

September is World Alzheimer’s Month. The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 35 million people, worldwide, and their families are affected. More than 5 million are in the United States. It is now ranked as the 6th leading cause of death here with 1 in 3 seniors dying with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. The disease was first described by Dr. Alois Alzheimer in 1906. Since that time there is a better understand of the disease but still no cure. I am personally impacted by this disease and practice all I can to minimize my potential to developing this horrible disease. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 05

Frozen Black Cherry Sangria

There are a lot of good margaritas in Scottsdale, AZ. I generally like regular ones but sometimes opt for an interesting flavor like mango or watermelon. When it’s 107° in shade, I also opt for the frozen version.

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Sep 02

Hatch New Mexico

If you live in the American Southwest, there is a food ritual that occurs this time of year. Chiles are harvested. The town of Hatch, NM, isn’t listed in many tourist guide books, nor does it have a lot of stars and ratings. It’s about 40 miles North of Las Cruces, NM just as I-10 turns distinctly west towards Arizona. But if you are a food lover, you know of this place. I’ve been to many regions that farm a specific crop and hold festivals at harvest time. That is what Hatch does for its famous chiles during the harvest season.

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Sep 02

Lime Green

We have our own lime tree.

I liked the hopeful concept of having a lime tree.  Lime production has quite an ancient history and continues to supplement cuisines around the world with a bright tang. Could we make this happen?

We carefully selected a tree; didn’t do much but water it between rains and feed it annually. The first couple of years it just grew. We enjoyed watching it grow but underestimated the disappointed of no fruit.  Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 10

Peaches in August

August is my favorite month. But each year it seems to come and go without a holiday. It might be my favorite month because I consider my birthday a holiday! For most people, however, that does not apply. There is no day off work, no special dinner or grilling outdoors. No mad dash to the grocery store because you forgot that special food. No collection of friends and family waiting for that special food to finish cooking. Every other month has a big deal over something and a particular association with food. Read the rest of this entry »

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