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