An Embarrassment of Limes

You can only drink so many gin and tonics in one day.


Shake it!

Centuries ago, when I was in my early 20s, I often went to Tanglewood - an incredible classical music festival in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts - with my friends Bill and Alan.


What Shall We Make?

About a week before Thanksgiving, someone invariably comes to me in a panic. "We're having Vegetarians for dinner!" My first thought is always the childish one: "Really? How will you prepare them?"


Beauty and the {French} Bistro: A Cookbook Review

This is the first time I have reviewed a cookbook without holding it in my hands, to feel its heft, and how it actually reads with (and without) my glasses.



My Favorite Food Group

Butter. Chocolate. Sugar. Pasta. Wine. Those are the five food groups, right?


Months with an "R"

My parents used to say, "No seafood unless the month has an 'R' in it." That meant we could eat shellfish or seafood only from September through April.