Dinner is Served

One of the most important facets of our lives, that of sitting and eating dinner with friends and family, has been dangerously eroded. Hectic schedules mean grab and go meals. Drive-throughs facilitate that. And how many of us take the time to eat without company of TV, internet, smart phones? Making time to sit and... Continue Reading →


All Hands on Deck

If there's a better way to spend a summer evening than with good food and great company, I can't imagine it. We haul the kitchen table out onto the back deck, plan a no-fuss menu, and take some time from overstuffed lives to reconnect. On this particular evening, our dinner guests are particularly special: Dave... Continue Reading →

Lambfest–not baaaaaaad.

One whole lamb from Getaway Meat Mongers. Local? Check. Fresh? Check. Delicious? I hoped to do it justice. I am a firm believer in family dinners. In our wired, frantic, drive-through world, the idea of gathering around the table seems quaint, something our ancestors did. It's not, it's something we need to make time to... Continue Reading →

Just a Taste

With an upcoming dinner party to plan, my thoughts turn to tasting menus. Small plates, little bites, whatever you call them, I love serving many courses of tiny portions. Not only is it more fun for me, but if my guest don't care for something they still won't go home hungry. The planning of such... Continue Reading →

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

We'd been waiting for Chinese New Year since...well, last Chinese New Year. Along with the fireworks and red envelopes, the Chinese New Year has family and friends at the heart of the celebration. And at a time when it's all about the company, we were happy to be invited back to usher in the Year... Continue Reading →

Indulgent Comfort Menu

“A Nice Bowl of Hot Soup” Cuban black bean soup/snow crab “Liver & Onions” Foie gras/asian pear/caramelized red onion/calvados reduction “Meatloaf” North African lamb/raisins/apple/almonds/curry/apple sauce “Mac & Cheese” Macaroni/lobster/oak smoked cheddar/cream/tarragon “Sunday Dinner” Quail/wild rice/porcini/chanterelles/pomegranate glaze/pomegranate reduction Beef Wellington/tenderloin/mushroom duxelle/puff pastry/chasseur sauce Sweet potato/fennel/red pepper “Save Room for Dessert” Lemon cheesecake/ginger crust Chocolate pot du... Continue Reading →

Indulgent Comfort

Comfort me with apples, for I am sick with love-Song of Solomon To hell with apples, I wanted to be comforted with good food, good company, and good cheer. Having each suffered a personal loss in a short span of time, I invited two good friends for dinner on Saturday night for just such an... Continue Reading →

It’s all about the company

It's all about the company, our gracious hostess said, as I ooohed and aaaahed over our meal. We'd been invited out for dinner, and I just love it when someone else cooks for me. Having been a chef and a critic, some people has expressed a discomfort or unwillingness in preparing a meal for me,... Continue Reading →

back to the blog

So the problem with taking off so much blog time is that all kinds of things happen, and then you don't know where to start... Since I last posted, Mix lost Ray Bear and closed after hobbling along a few more painful weeks, and idiotic comments about Bear and fine dining (or "dinning", as one... Continue Reading →

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