I don’t want to say that this winter was long but I ran out of my homegrown, canned tomatoes. (I was trying to think of a joke about long winters but there was nothing funny about this year!) My go-to canned tomato is Red Gold. I like the texture and the various flavors of their product. It is simple as that! Speaking of simple (ahhhh, I haven’t had an obvious segue way for a long time), Red Gold has come up with an almost foolproof method of zazzing up your spring and summer dips, spreads and sauces….aioli. No…they didn’t invent aioli…the French get credit forRead More →

“She sells seashells on the seashore. The shells she sells are surely seashells. So, if she sells shells on the seashore, I’m sure she sells seashore shells.”  I don’t know why this tongue twister keeps going around in my head. (Actually, I didn’t even know the last 3 lines until I looked them up.) I started to think who is this mystery woman that is cashing in on the shell market? And why are these people buying HER shells? Does she have a license for selling? What is her name? Is she working under an alias because she has a police record? And why don’tRead More →

The Hippocratic Oath.  It is the oath that is recited by physicians to care for their patients honestly and ethically.  It is the backbone of our healthcare industry. I, on the other hand, am a hypocritical oaf.  Have you heard of people like these?  We are the first to be vocal on a subject but change  our minds when it works to our advantage.  Not quite ethical but a funny assessment of certain people.  (Actually, it is hysterical.  You may laugh out loud now thinking of people who fit this description.) A hypocritical oaf is the gal who gets emails or posts from friends with recipesRead More →

As Mother’s Day approaches this Sunday, I have spent a lot of time thinking of my mom. My goal was to make a recipe this week that was based on my mom’s signature ingredient. As my wheels were turning coming up with an original idea, I had to laugh because I kept coming back to the same thing…peanut butter. Nothing makes me think of mom more than peanut butter. It was the sandwich that we brought to school, the zoo and on picnics. It would follow us to museums, on car trips and sometimes to the living room. But my favorite was when Mom wouldRead More →

I’m sad. Monday was the last day of Cooking Lab at The Chopping Block. I can’t tell you how much I loved this series. Oh wait, you are my captive audience so I CAN tell you!! I have always prided myself on being a good cook. I could look at recipe, get the ingredients and come up with a decent plate of food. I learned in this series cooking really is so much more that that. It is understanding your cookware and tools. It is figuring out how to balance the flavor because not EVERY piece of protein or vegetable is going to taste theRead More →