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 […]

Lean Fixes – Smoked Salmon, Poached Egg and Micro Greens

I have recently cut way back on grains and really focused on eating highly nutritious food. I feel so much better for it – much less sluggish and bloated. I have been eating much more protein and really trying to find ways to incorporate more fresh vegetables into my diet. It’s easier to find satisfying […]

Unique Handmade Holiday Gifts – Your Perfect Offering

Twas at least a month before Christmas… when we put up our tree. Christmas came early to our house – super early. We’ve had our tree up for two weeks already and it’s making me so happy. It all began when I was given a surprise weekend off from MasterChef casting work. Wanting to celebrate […]

Lots to be Thankful For

I am thankful for so much right now it’s hard to say one or two things without feeling guilty about leaving someone out, especially since MADE IN AMERICA came out in October and has been so well received and truly supported – lists of people to thank and notes of thanks to write. It’s been […]

Not Your Same Old Pumpkin Pie for The Communal Table

I love a potluck party as much as the next person. There’s something great about lightening the load of  preparing a feast with each person proudly bringing something to the table that they have made to share. Food Network is hosting The Communal Table, gathering food bloggers together from around the nation to share a […]