Baby Back Ribs Already Cooked – Now for a Healthy Dessert

Even as someone who loves to cook, it’s a rare Thursday when I don’t buy either the already cooked baby back ribs ($10 a rack) or whole, roasted rosemary and garlic chicken ($5 each) at Tops Market (formerly Sunset Marketplace)… Continue Reading


Top o’ The Tops For St. Patrick’s Day (Read to the Bottom for Ticket Give-Away)

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day, two memories come to mind. First is when friend Jim put green food coloring in his kids’ milk to celebrate the day while their mom was away at school and Jim was in… Continue Reading


Chicken Marbella, Not Chicken Marsala

I’m honored to be hosting a friend’s upcoming, significant birthday party. It’s a good thing I love a culinary challenge, because the party girl requests we work the menu around some guests’ dietary restrictions. Our goal:  Prepare delicious appetizers and… Continue Reading


Hollandaise & Asparagus, Together Forever

When I was a kid, my exposure to vegetables mainly consisted of stuff from a can. Now, the I consider the concept of mushy asparagus in a can a first-degree culinary crime. I was about 15 before I tasted fresh… Continue Reading


Pizza + Arugula, Pear & Kiwi Salad = Florence

I am not one of those people who’ll name-drop countries I’ve traveled, any more than I feel it’s good manners to speak openly about a party I attended, lest others weren’t there. Likewise, with travel, I’m keenly aware of what… Continue Reading

Foodies’ Valentine’s Day Countdown

Married or single, when I think of Valentine’s Day, my mind still goes to romantic dinners. As you may recall, last week I said you had plenty of time for Valentine’s Day food preparation. I shared a fondue recipe from… Continue Reading


Super Bowl Sunday is a Super Food Day, Especially for Ribs and Avocados

I almost forgot that Sunday is Super Bowl. Don’t ask me who’s playing. And although I know nothing about football, I do know that food plays a big part in Super Bowl Sunday, especially at Super Bowl parties. I was… Continue Reading


Two Decadent Recipes Feature Organic Products … (Unrelated to ‘Chopped’)

My original headline was, “My Fantasy: Chopped!” But, as the headline suggests, it would be a highly unrealistic dream for me to be a contestant on “Chopped“, the Food Network program over which I’m pretty much obsessed. Even so, I’m… Continue Reading


The Key to Delicious Brussels Sprouts? Treat Them Like They’re French Fries

Oh, how I want to like Brussels sprouts, for so many reasons. For one thing, they’re one of the most nutritious foods we can eat.  And, for another reason – perhaps not as importantly –  they’re a darn cute food,… Continue Reading