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Recipe: Salade Niçoise

I first encountered Salade Niçoise in a romance novel, when a beautiful protagonist perched at a table under a striped umbrella on an immaculate beach in Cannes waiting for a murky character. The … [Read More...]

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Moules à la Mariniére

Something big happened in my life recently. Taylor Shellfish Farms opened a store in my neighborhood. I'm a huge fan of, well, any shellfish to be honest. But mussels - moules in French - make me weak … [Read More...]

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Me in November: Sarasota & Anna Maria Island

At one time in my life, I wrote obituaries by day and performed stand-up comedy at night. Some people might not find the connection between the two. As an author, I've spent a lot of time navigating … [Read More...]

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Politics & Prose Dinner in Washington, D.C.

I'm excited to announce that I'll be doing a fun over-dinner writing discussion at Buck's next to the famed bookstore Politics & Prose in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Oct. 27th.  When I decided to … [Read More...]

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Spices & Herbs: A Quick Lesson

As this terrific video by Consumer Reports shows, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on fancy spices. However, the key element is when spices get old. Ground herbs and spices are more exposed to air, and thus they lose their potency more quickly. Spices vs. Herbs First, its important to know the […]

Blueberry jam

Recipe: Blueberry Jam Like My Grandpa Charles’

“Who are you?” Mike asked me last week.  “What are you talking about?” I replied. He waved his hand over the counter and dozens of jars of canned jams, jellies and preserves. “Have you become your grandmother? You’re  canning like a maniac.” “No, I am not becoming my grandmother,” I sniffed indignantly. “You read the […]

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A “Cheat Sheet” to Flavor Profiles

What makes something taste Italian or Cajun or Moroccan? Whether crafting vinaigrette, seasoning chicken, or developing a soup, understanding the flavors of ingredients that help to define various cuisines can be deeply useful. Every cuisine has its regional variations; Basque cuisine is vastly different from the classic dishes from Provence, but they’re both French. So […]

Omelet

How to Make an Omelet (video lesson)

One of my chefs at Le Cordon Bleu once said, “If you can make an omelet, you’ll never be hungry.” So true. An omelet is inexpensive, versatile and amazingly quick to prepare. While it’s typically thought of as a breakfast dish, British food writer Elizabeth David wrote about an omelet with a glass of wine […]