Spice Hacks

Spice Hacks

Flavor enhancement with spices rather than salt: these recipe hacks should allow you and your family to drastically reduce sodium intake while pleasing the taste buds with newer, sharper, spicier delights. Important thing—I know I’ve said this before—is to use...
Rome’s New Michelin Stars

Rome’s New Michelin Stars

The 2017 red Michelin guide for Italy includes 74 restaurants in Rome. The top one, as mentioned in my last month’s article is Heinz Beck’s “La Pergola” with 3 stars; another is Anthony Genovese’s “Il Pagliacco” with 2 stars at Via dei Banchi Vecchi 129a, just across...
Pasta Primavera Prima Donna

Pasta Primavera Prima Donna

We’re always on the prowl for variations on the classic pasta primavera, that culinary catch-all for vegetables in sauces that marry well with pasta. I’ve developed this one for its speed of prep while presenting a complex flavor profile…it’s...
Eating Like a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Eating Like a Local in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, has an entire culture built around fabulous dining.  The problem, however, can be hunting down unique dining establishments without being directed to crowded, touristy restaurants.  Online reviews can be helpful, but of course those are...
Bison & Beef: a marriage made in heaven

Bison & Beef: a marriage made in heaven

As the child of frugal German immigrants, I ate a lot of meatloaf as a child, only we called it falscher Hase, literally, fake rabbit. After WWII, when meat rations were still in effect, German housewives would mix up whatever meaty scraps they had, add lots of...
Moroccan Stoup offers Warm Comfort

Moroccan Stoup offers Warm Comfort

  As defined by Rachel Ray, a stoup comes in somewhere between a soup and a stew in consistency…and that is what we have with this simple-to-assemble one pot wonder. For the vegetable you can use any leafy green or even a combination of several: kale is...
Guilty conscience?

Guilty conscience?

Just over two weeks after the controversial opening of a McDonald’s in a Vatican-owned building just outside St. Peter’s Square, on January 16th the popular fast food chain started to distribute some 1,000 free meals to the homeless from here. Ironically, this “act of...