Thursday, March 30, 2017

2017's Top Twelve Best List for St. Barthelemy, French West Indies...Plus One.

St. Barthelémy, or St. Barth, as its habitués call it, is an island slice of paradise just 12 harrowing minutes by plane from St. Martin.  But once you survive the plunge between two hills and what must be the world’s shortest runway, you’ve landed somewhere very luxe, very chic and very French.   Just 8 ½ square miles, the island rises out of an azure sea, its beaches unparalleled not only for their white sand and glorious swimming but also for their uncrowded bliss and topless (even bottomless) sunbathing.  In its hills, behind lush foliage and stone walls, fabulous homes are celebrity retreats, many of which can be rented by mere mortals. So much separates St. Barth from every other island in the Caribbean to make it truly unique. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Melissa Clark's Seared Pork Chops with Peas, Scallions and Pancetta from "Dinner: Changing the Game", her brand new cookbook.


“Dinner”, Melissa Clark’s latest cookbook, is among the most highly anticipated cookbooks of the year.  Its author is a staff writer for The New York Times and pens its highly popular “A Good Appetite” column which is eagerly awaited every Wednesday in the newspaper’s “Food” section.  Melissa is also the author or co-author of a staggering 32 cookbooks before this one.  You might wonder what on earth can be different here.  Well, “Dinner” (Clarkson Potter 2017) promises over 200 all-new recipes and a philosophy: “Each recipe…is meant to be dinner—one fantastic dish that is so satisfying and flavor-forward it can stand alone—maybe with a little salad or some bread on the side.”  I ripped into this book the moment it arrived.  It's beautiful to look and inspiring as all get out.  Today I’m sharing the first of what I am sure will be many dinner recipes from this glorious new arrival.  It hues to the promise of a one pan dinner and takes just 25 minutes to make.