Tis The Season!

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, Yuletide carols being sung by a choir, And folks dressed up like Eskimos New York is alive with the holiday buzz: the tree and the skaters at Rockefeller Center, the bustle of the shoppers at Macy’s and FAO Schwartz.  We’ve all seen it […]



As Labor Day nears, grilling season is upon us.  And just in time, our good friend and one of America’s favorite cooks, Rachael Ray, has come out with her twentieth cookbook, The Book of Burger. Her first single topic book covers in over 300 recipes “burger and his buddies – dogs, sandwiches, and sides.”  What […]


Montalcino Red Sauce

We are very fortunate to know the Italian hillside town of Montalcino in Tuscany through a very special trip that we took there one September to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. Perched on a hilltop in Tuscany, the ancient stone village of Montalcino was founded in Etruscan times. A large fort that now houses a […]

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The Olympics and Food and Art

The Summer Olympics are here and this year they are being held in London for the third time and the first since the Post War Games in 1948.  Millions of spectators are travelling there to see 10,500 athletes from over 200 nations compete in 32 sports at the highest level of competition. Gymnastics, Track & […]


March Madness

March Madness is a national phenomenon. Sports fans of all ages join in. It has everything: buzzer beaters; Cinderella stories; heartbreaking last second losses and hysterically happy upset wins. There are triple overtime games that end with young players sobbing on the bench into their towels, while the victors are sobbing in joy on the […]


Apple Picking

We were very tired, we were very merry- We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry; And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear, From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere; Edna St. Vincent Millay Is there anything better than an apple? Fall is my favorite season and […]


Soft Shell Crabs

in Just- spring    when the world is mud-luscious e.e. cummings. It’s May and spring has finally come.  Spring means different things to different people.  For me, it’s being able to walk outside again and see the return of my favorite shore birds, the egrets and osprey.  It’s seeing the brilliant yellow of the forsythia bushes […]


Best Cheese Fondue Ever

Okay, it’s April 1st and we have snow instead of flowers.  What’s up, Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck?  You said winter was going to end in six weeks on Groundhog Day.  I just looked up Phil’s accuracy rate and it’s only 39% since 1887, so I should’ve known.  Well, it’s still cold. So what’s […]


The Body Needs Burgers

Today the sun is out.  It’s March and it’s still cold but you can start to believe that the spring is coming.  And my thoughts turn away from eternal snow to the sweet dreams of having a cookout and grilling burgers, of course. Burgers just seems to make people feel better. I always think of […]


Pasta at Midnight

Put on the Ollies! – Pete Carlesimo I could say that these cold winter nights are the reason I love to have a warm, delicious bowl of pasta at midnight. But then I’d be lying. I love having  pasta at midnight at any time of the year, although there’s something particularly satisfying about a bowl […]