Barolo Chinato is a wine from the Piedmont region of Italy, and it is a small, somewhat rare offshoot of traditional Barolo wines. (Read more about Piedmont and Barolo wines here). Barolo Chinato is a wine flavored with herbs, spices, and other aromatics, all added to Barolo wine. The most defining addition, however, is quinine bark, the same thing you find in tonic...

Fresh cranberries are the best for this recipe, but it’s fine to substitute frozen cranberries if you can’t find fresh. Just be sure that the cranberries you buy are uncooked and unsweetened. Let them thaw a little in a colander or strainer before mixing them in the filling. Cranberry Tart Serves 8 – 12 1 recipe Basic Pie Crust or Sour Cream Pie...

I love a good poached egg. However, my poached eggs turn out far from pretty. Now I know why: I should have left them in their shells! Try this trick from Bon Appetitfor perfectly shaped poached eggs.   Technically, slowly cooking an egg at a low temperature doesn’t exactly constitute poaching. But the results are pretty close. Imagine cracking open an...

What’s the most important element in a home? According to Hope Alexander, the owner and designer of this airy, modern kitchen, it’s the “relationship to the outside…to the garden…the sun’s trajectory and the wind direction”—all of which you can see implemented in the kitchen, with its wall of windows, open wood shelving,...

If you enjoy Earl Grey and hibiscus teas, then try this mash-up of the two. It’s simple to make, with stunning results, and can be served chilled as a not-too-sweet and non-alcoholic accompaniment to a meal. Hibiscus-Earl Grey Iced Tea Serves 8 2 quarts water (preferably filtered) 6 Earl Grey tea bags (or 6 teaspoons looseleaf tea in an infuser) 1/2 cup dried...

Healthy cooking does not mean you have to be gourmet cook. You just need to use basic food selection and cooking techniques that will turn fresh food into healthy meals. It is wise to try to get all the nutrients we can from every morsel of food we eat, but is that realistic or necessary? Studies show that based on the daily nutritional requirements, if we get 50-75...

Great swoops of glossy frosting make this a wonderfully exuberant cake with a dark backdrop for birthday candles. But this cake is just as suitable for afternoon snacks or a Sunday supper. Ingredients 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pans 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus more for pans 1/2 cup boiling water 2 1/4 cups sugar 1 tablespoon...

I’m always surprised when people tell me that they do not like to cook. Admittedly, this is coming from someone who has worked in several professional kitchens over the years (I actually take pleasure in chopping an onion). The fact is that most people are intimidated by cooking. Believe me, I’ve heard some creative excuses for avoiding the kitchen: “I...

Who doesn’t love weekends?  Long stretches of time (well, in truth, never long enough!) to fill up as we please – spending time with friends and family, staying out late, sleeping in, morning cuddles with no time limit, 3-hour lunches with wine, impromptu jaunts, dressing up, dressing down, naps!  You time and your rules. So anyway…thank goodness for the...

Zen enthusiasts say that we need to live in the moment more.  Focus on the present.  Shut out extraneous noise.  Feel the air on your skin.  We are always rushing around.  We need to stop, live, exist, feel the right now. I am no expert on Zen, nor on meditation, but I do appreciate the benefits of hitting the pause button and just…being.  Looking back, I...

Continuing on my breakfast cup recipes, I recently tackled Bacon Egg McMuffin cups.  English muffin + bacon + egg = Yum. The English muffin develops a nice crispy exterior similar to if you had toasted it. The bacon doesn’t quite wrap around the entire muffin, but it does seem to fit right inside the muffin cup. Inside the crispy bacon wrap is the egg. I used...

I saw a version of these easy breakfast cups on Dine and Dish and immediately wanted to make them. I’ve previously made bacon egg toast cups, but these are even easier (though you don’t get the toast). All you need to do is crack an egg into a muffin mold. And you sprinkle cheese and bacon bits on top. The original version uses ham and cheese, but I didn’t...

I’ve been putting this post off for so long. I just didn’t want to write about knefe (or knefeh) in Australia because I couldn’t possibly have done it justice. Let me start by explaining what knefe is. First of all, though it is sweet, knefe is not considered to be dessert; it’s a meal all on its own and it’s most commonly eaten for breakfast. A layer of...

It was a huge hit with my husband and friends and for sure I will be making this dip again at parties and gatherings. If you want to make this dip with less calories, not that it has a lot, use reduce fat cheese. There isn’t much else to say about this chicken buffalo dip but that you must try it for yourself to appreciate how good it is so until my next post…… Here...

OMG, I love good onion rings.  Nothing rots me more than getting an onion ring at a diner and you feel you can ring them out before eating them.  So I started backing them and avoiding that problem and well partly because we don’t own a fryer. Taking a few onions, slicing them thick, seasoning with salt and pepper and dredging them in a little buttermilk mixture. ...

Does this ever happen to you? After you use a bottle opener to pry open a sealed beverage, the cap rolls or falls under one of your cabinets and you need to get on your hands and knees to retrieve it. Forgo the hassle (even if it’s a small one) by adding a magnet to your bottle opener. Mount a small magnet to the back of your bottle openers with contact adhesive...

Wanna know something else I love?  Chips.  Chips of any kind, any type, any shape with dip or without – it doesn’t matter.  I am a CHIP Lover/Addict.  Today i want to share with you a fun little recipe that was well received at a recent House gathering.  These are simple pita chips with a couple of twists.  Super easy to make and very fun to eat… CCCCRUNCH! Ingredients 3...

Recipe of Cold Veggie Ranch Pizza Ingredients: 2 tubes Pillsbury Crescent Roll dough 1 pint sour cream 1 package Ranch mix 4 C fresh vegetables, in ¼-inch pieces 2 C cheddar cheese, shredded 1 can sliced black olives (optional) Flatten the crescent rolls in a single layer in an ungreased 13×9-inch pan. Cook at 350 until golden brown, 10-12 minutes. Cool. Meanwhile,...

This salad is great for entertaining, because you dress it ahead of time. Ingredients 1 pound peeled and seeded butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups) 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper 4 large shallots, thinly sliced (1 1/2 cups) 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 3 tablespoons flaxseed oil 1 1/2 bunches Lacinato...

You can make this and serve it as an appetizer by cutting it into small pieces as well, just another though. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 red onion, sliced 2 – 3 cups mushrooms 2 medium red peppers, sliced 3 – 4 tablespoons olive oil 6 eggs (organic) 1/4 cup egg beaters (You can use all whole eggs if you prefer, just add a couple more eggs) 2 – 3 garlic...