Brass Sisters’ Sweet Potato Latkes

At this time of year, when the sun is most hidden,the holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the rays of hope and light. – Rafael Goldstein Hanukkah begins very early this year – the first of December. Growing up in a big Irish-Italian family in Scranton, Pennsylvania, I wasn’t fortunate enough to enjoy the delights of Hanukkah […]


October and Pumpkins

“Autumn Leaves The falling leaves drift by the window The autumn leaves of red and gold.” -Nat King Cole October means so many things to me. It’s the beginning of fall, my favorite season.  I like to shake off the languid slow pace bred by the hot summer days and welcome the cool, crisp air […]


A World of Sauces for Grilling

“Without labor nothing prospers.”  Sophocles As Labor Day passes and the end of summer approaches, with the last big grilling feasts of the year, I can’t help but think about my favorite part of a mixed grill – the sauce you put on top! Every country seems to have its own take on this critical […]


Rachael’s b-day is today!

Happy Birthday, Rachael! Every year I have to make one of Rachael’s favorite treats, Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies, for her birthday. They are impossibly chocolatey, fudgey, nutty, chewy, and tasty. Ellyn, an old friend and real foodie gave my this recipe when I got married almost thirty years ago. The story goes that it is actually […]


Baseballs and Hot Dogs

I see great things in baseball.  It’s our game – the American game.  It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism.  Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set…and be a blessing to us. ~ Walt Whitman. I have always loved baseball. I first loved to […]


Fabulous French Crepes

La Marseillaise Allons enfants de la patrie, Le jour de gloire est arrivé! Contre nous de la tyrannie Claude-Joseph Rouget,1795. I’ve mentioned before that I had the good fortune to spend half of my twenties living in Paris where I came to appreciate the French National Independence Day, July 14th, the commemoration of the storming […]