Crab Louie BLTA

One of my favorite perks of summer is the seemingly endless bounty of fresh produce that is harvested daily from backyard and community gardens. So when I get my hands on a basket of plump, juicy, vine-ripe tomatoes that are literally exploding with flavor, I guarantee there’s a stack of bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and toasted bread in the imminent future! It just so happens that…

Tarragon Chicken Salad with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette

Hello Spring! Tree branches are bursting with bright green leaves. Warm, moist ground gives way to bulbs that spent the winter resting deep below, as they push toward the sun, transforming into yellow daffodils, pink tulips, violet hyacinths, and white jonquils. Warm, sunny days have arrived and there is no better time than now for celebrating mom with Mother’s Day Brunch,…

Beef and vegetables slowly braised in a wine stock make for one hearty winter meal

Bœuf Bourguignon de Style Américain

This probably comes as no surprise to most of the country, but USA Today has reported that there is snow on the ground in every state except Florida and Hawaii. Seems March 2015 will be arriving with the a lion’s fury, which for me signifies yet another meal of savory “comfort food” before eventually firing up the backyard grill. Now I’m a lover of good wine…

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

Garlic Chicken, Lemon Bars & My Battle with The Barefoot Contessa

Rue the day — my man has fallen for another woman! A Contessa. A barefoot one. It’s wretchedly disgusting to witness him drooling over that dame. (I’m reasonably certain her name is Ina.) Perched in her beautifully appointed kitchen, Ina smiles and speaks every so gently to him as she whisks a glistening champagne vinaigrette, or delicately spoons a tantalizing sauce of shallots, lemons, white wine and cream onto…

Wine tasting at Daou Vineyards in Paso Robles, CA

A Wino’s Guide to Well-Priced Reds & Whites that Won’t Make You Blue

As a writer (or the nouveau moniker … content creator???), I seemingly have a relentless case of writer’s block. Hmmm … would that now be considered content creator’s block? Whatever the politically correct term, I once AGAIN found myself staring at a blank page on my computer screen, rummaging through my brain for “fresh, engaging” material. Then came the “AHA”…