A Sicilian feast

I had the pleasure of having some friends over for dinner on Sunday afternoon.  This included three professional chefs and one food writer, plus their partners, my boyfriend and my children. Two of the chefs and the writer are meat experts and the other chef is a pastry chef.   I thought about all of […]


Green Juice mania

Has anyone else been following this juice craze?  For years I have been making smoothies in my normal, cheap blender, using something like skim milk, berries and bananas.  Sound familiar? These were always my go-to way to get my kids to drink their fruits, but boy has that drink evolved into something completely different. It […]


The chicken and the egg

As I was strolling through the farmer’s market the other day, I was admiring the araucana eggs, all light blue and fresh looking, but they cost a fortune!  I bought them anyway to remind myself that they do in fact taste different, not only because of the breed, but also because they are organic and […]


Rachael announces her 2012 Feedback lineup!

Come join Rachael and friends once again this year for her annual Feedback party in Austin, Texas.  We will be returning to Stubb’s BBQ for the third year in a row.  This event is open to the public, ages 21 and older.  There is NO RSVP, just come early so you can get in, it’s […]


Lemon Icebox Pie

How did I live so long and not discover the Lemon Icebox Pie?  Recently I purchased David Gaus’ book called Dam Good Sweet, all full of sweet recipes from his home town of New Orleans.  I was so intrigued by it as it reminded me of a Key lime Pie but one that had been […]


Chocolate Pudding from Scratch

Pudding is one of those things that I refuse to buy from a store, unless it’s Kozy Shack, which is really good in a pinch!  Otherwise, why buy a powdered mix when you can easily make it at home!  I made this chocolate pudding in about 15 minutes this morning and could easily serve it […]


Buckwheat, not a wheat at all

I am 41 years old and how I didn’t know this is beyond me.  When I think of buckwheat, I think of pancakes and pancakes are usually made with flour, right?  I thought buckwheat was some kind of whole grain flour, but that’s not the case at all! Buckwheat is not a wheat at all, […]


Last Minute Cupcakes (Muffins)

Today is the second birthday of my kids’ pet guinea pigs.  Who cares, you say?  I certainly don’t but my kids think it’s quite the reason to celebrate so we are having a party.  My daughter went ahead and created invitations using Smilebox, a for-fee service that allows you to create all kinds of custom […]


Cornish Game Hens “Paprikash”

I love paprika, all kinds.  I love smoky, sweet and hot.  I love Hungarian and I especially love this one I have been using recently from Spain (I actually stole it from Rach one day), pictured here and available at Dean and Deluca: Paprika really is just dried and finely ground pepper, which can vary […]