Category Archives: CHEESE

HOUSEBOATING AND EGG STRATA

I trace my love of houseboating to the 1958 film Houseboat. In the film Cary Grant lives on a houseboat with his motherless kids and Sophia Loren, a symphony-conductor’s runaway daughter masquerading as a housekeeper. So romantic. So fun. Made me (and every woman and man in 1958 America) want to trade lifestyle—and spouse—for the […]

FARMSHOP AND AVOCADO HUMMUS

It’s sunny and bright, hip and happening, and loaded with celebrities. We could be describing Southern California and Los Angeles in general, but instead are telescoping in on Farmshop, an artisan market and restaurant that perfectly reflects the cool vibe of both the region and the city. Actually, there are two Farmshop restaurants—one in L.A. […]

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL, CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER, THE CAPITAL HOTEL, PIMENTO CHEESE AND SPICED PECANS

    Central, Clinton, Capital and cheese, the centerpieces of contemporary Little Rock tourism, represent not only the top charms of the city but also cornerstones of American history, charismatic hospitality and culinary delight. All are musts when visiting Little Rock.     CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL In 1957, nine courageous African-American students braved contentious crowds […]

NEW GLARUS AND GOOD FONDUE RECIPE

Can you guess where I am?  Let me give you some hints. Cheese is the major product, with raclette and fondue the favorite dishes. People dress in embroidered folk costumes and yodel. If you hang around long enough, you could probably hear an alphorn and would certainly spot a Heidi playing among the half-timbered chalets. […]

Croque Madame

The Grove Café & Market in Albuquerque, New Mexico, serves French-accented foods in an attractive setting that is part cafe, part coffee house and part gift shop. Add the sum of the parts and you’ll get a whole lot to love, including a terrific Croque Madame popular at breakfast, brunch and lunch.

French Onion Soup

A loaf of bread, a jug of wine and French onion soup. Magnifique!

STAR DISHES FOR SAG AWARDS

Wow! Attended a press event previewing the food and wine to be served at the 17th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards. Spent an afternoon sipping and sampling as well as watching and photographing the food paparazzi who were sipping and sampling and watching and photographing chef Suzanne Goin and actress JoBeth Williams in Suzanne’s […]

ALBUQUERQUE

TEN THINGS TO LOVE ABOUT ALBUQUERQUE and TEN REALLY GOOD RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS 1. OLD TOWN sits in the historic heart of Albuquerque and the neighborhood (which is full of authentic Spanish Colonial buildings housing restaurants, galleries, shops and museums) is as much a city center as was when the city was founded in 1706. 2. […]

BACON CORNBREAD MUFFINS

Just about the best corn muffin recipe in my collection comes from Sea Island Resorts, a genteel and posh vacationing outpost located on a private island off Southeast Georgia’s Atlantic coast. Sea Island has a habit of winning the hospitality industry’s top awards, racking up five stars for luxurious accommodations, world-famous golf and wonderful Southern-accented […]

PEAR AND ROQUEFORT QUICHE

If If real men don’t eat quiche, I want to sit next to one the next time I’m at a