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Perfect Pork Chops in Minutes

Perfect Pork Chops in Minutes

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been cooking, you can always teach yourself new tricks.  And this old dog just discovered a great way to achieve the perfect pork chop.  It came via a Bon Appetit magazine article.  The basic technique here is to ‘turn, […]

Dorie Greenspan’s Classic Fruit Tart

Dorie Greenspan’s Classic Fruit Tart

This dessert is a showboat.  It looks like it came straight from Paris’ best patisserie.  And indeed its inspiration did.  It was Dorie Greenspan’s introduction to French pastry, an all-strawberry version and the first pastry she tasted when she first set foot in France.  It […]

Crab Louie

Crab Louie

            While I was making this terrifically easy salad, I winced.  It was so ladies-who-lunch, I half expected to have to put on a large hat to eat it.  But it was beautiful to look at and so perfect for right […]

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Splendid Blueberry, Almond and Lemon Cake

Yotam Ottolenghi’s Splendid Blueberry, Almond and Lemon Cake

            Baking can be a challenge in the heat. But the lure of local berries and the idea of incorporating them into a very simple cake sounds like a great idea.  Especially one like this  can be eaten virtually any time of the day. That […]

My Article on my latest Viking River Cruise has been published. This is my expanded post on #myvikingstory: 10 Days on Viking’s Rhine River Getaway. Part One

My Article on my latest Viking River Cruise has been published. This is my expanded post on #myvikingstory: 10 Days on Viking’s Rhine River Getaway. Part One

 The focus of The Daily Meal, is, of course, food.  And so everything I write for them is about Food Events, Wine Touring and Culinary Travel.  I’m proud of my work and have acquired quite a portfolio of stories.  But many of my trips are […]

Part Two of #myvikingstory as Viking Hlin continues her Rhine River Getaway

Part Two of #myvikingstory as Viking Hlin continues her Rhine River Getaway

Last Thursday’s  post about the first five days of my Rhine River Getaway, brought news from many of my fellow passengers and I was so glad to hear from them.  To me travel has always been about meeting people, making fresh discoveries together, learning, absorbing […]

Dorie Greenspan’s Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Crème Fraiche

Dorie Greenspan’s Rhubarb Upside-Down Brown Sugar Cake with Fresh Strawberries and Crème Fraiche

In the annals of Chewing the Fat, never has one cake come close to having a name as long as this one.  However, I could write a new adage: ‘the longer the name, the better the cake’.  Because I’d be hard-pressed to find a salute […]

To add to your Summer Burger Repertoire, a recipe worth fighting about…The Chopped Cheese

To add to your Summer Burger Repertoire, a recipe worth fighting about…The Chopped Cheese

         Last November, in the New York Times no less, came a story about a Burger that caused, in the words of my late father, “a big stink”.  There were no complaints about the burger itself. In fact, it is lauded as being New York’s […]

Coconut Shrimp Salad

Coconut Shrimp Salad

Too often, I get into trouble with a recipe that’s just too much food for two people.  Try as I may, cutting back on volume isn’t always the easiest task.   Things that say they are for four people are relatively simple to divide in half.  […]

Cassata Siciliana or Italian Strawberry Shortcake from Julie Richardson

Cassata Siciliana or Italian Strawberry Shortcake from Julie Richardson

Julie Richardson wrote a cookbook devoted to old-fashioned cakes, the ones you may remember your grandmother cooking or at the very least, bringing home from the local bakery.   “Vintage Cakes” (Ten Speed Press 2012) is filled with gems that are not only nostalgic but are […]

Summertime Spaghetti Carbonara

Summertime Spaghetti Carbonara

I got into a peck of trouble for pronouncing Pasta a cold-weather food.  And I have to admit, ‘they’ were right and I was wrong.  Pasta is one of the most adaptable of all foods.  Just think what you can marry it with! Fish, shellfish, […]

Attention Trader Joe’s Shoppers! Here’s a list of My Ten Best Items in Trader Joe’s Now!

I have to admit, I am enamored with Trader Joe’s even if it has its drawbacks.  Among them, those incredible lines out the door on weekends. And their cash register lines are epic.  The store also doesn’t carry everything so it inevitably means shopping two […]

Direct from Lyon: White Asparagus with Sauce Gribiche — Asperges Blancs avec Sauce Gribiche

Lyon, one beautiful city Three years ago, my friend Kimberly moved to Europe from Montclair, New Jersey. Her husband had been assigned by his American company to run their European division which has its headquarters in the third largest city in France: Lyon.  Kimberly, Peter […]

Italian Sausage with Fennel, Zucchini and Raisins adapted from Letizia Mattiaci of Alla Madonna del Piatto

Italian Sausage with Fennel, Zucchini and Raisins adapted from Letizia Mattiaci of Alla Madonna del Piatto

Letizia Mattiaci of Alla Madonna del Piatto Lucky me!  I’ve been traveling most of the month of May.  I’ve done two almost back-to-back river cruises, one on the Rhine from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Netherlands with stops along the way in France and Germany.  A […]