The Stars Align for Dinner

My night with Alain Ducasse, Didier Rachou, Guy Savoy, Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre, Nancy Silverton, Matt Molina, Daniel Boulud and Joe Bastianich: Ever played the game Alive or Dead? I like to play this game for dinner parties – alive or dead who would I love to have dinner with? Top of my list would […]

Pebble Beach Food & Wine – Road Trip


We came, we ate, we drank – or something like that. Krissy Lefebvre and myself were already cooking up our next trip – to Pebble Beach Food & Wine – back in March during Made in America 2 at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii. Why not leave the hubbies with the babies for the weekend? […]

Deadliest Catch – Alaskan Crab Salad Curtis Duffy Recipe


Last night was the premiere of Deadliest Catch season 8, which happened to be the 100th episode and the first show with my hubby’s music – woo hoo!!!  We had a lot to celebrate as you can imagine. I mean getting to compose the music for your favorite show is one thing, but then getting […]

Baking Bialys – Recipe from Marc Vetri

Bialys from Made in America recipe by Marc Vetri

This time last year I was in the thick of it putting the recipes together for Made in America. Every day I would return from dropping the children at school with bags and bags of ingredients ready for more recipe testing and photography. I would then tackle recipe upon recipe – slowly getting each one […]

Leah Chase – Gumbo Z’Herbes recipe for Maundy Thursday


“If you sit quiet, and think, you will see what you can do and how you can do it.” – Howard Thurman I just told my hubby that tomorrow is Maundy Thursday. His reply, rather in the spirit of Maggie Smith’s Dowager Duchess “Weekend? What’s a Weekend?” was “Must be a British thing, but in […]

Mother Forkers Mussels Recipe


Today I wanted to take a little time to share with you my cooking club – we meet every month for dinner prepared by all of us from the same cookbook. It made me smile to see in a recent copy of Sunset Magazine that cookbook clubs are becoming more and more popular. I got […]

American Pie at Hualalai

pie making at Hualalai Made in America Chef Fest

One of the highlights of our recent trip to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai for Made in America was a pie making class with Chef Linda Rodriguez. At Made in America in Hawaii back in October we held our first pie class with the Queen of Pie, Chef Evan Kleiman and Chef Ludo Lefebvre took […]

Chicken Soup – Lean Fix


One of my favorite recipes from MADE IN AMERICA to cook for the family is Tom Colicchio’s Chicken Soup recipe – I make it at least twice a month – and more like once a week, with the sniffles we have all had to varying degrees recently. It’s also super easy to prepare, extremely satisfying […]

Celebrating Australia Day Grilling with Chef Curtis Stone


Holy Moley it’s been a busy week and so international – with Chinese New Year, Burn’s Night and now today January 26th it’s Australia Day, we have lots to celebrate from around the world every day of the week. Happy Australia Day! Last year we made Anzac cookies using Australian chef Curtis Stone’s recipe. This […]

Great Chieftain o’ the puddin’ race


Let’s be frank – I’m not a lover of that Great Chieftain o’ the puddin’ race. You can read my ideas for a last minute Burn’s night supper in Squid Ink. We are invited to a Burn’s Night Supper this coming Saturday and as much as I’m looking forward to the revelry, the poetry with the […]