A Foodie Adventure in Asheville, North Carolina

There are so many exciting places to visit in the United States. For us having the focus of doing a culinary adventure sounded very appealing. My husband had heard of Asheville, NC as being a big foodie community. Asheville is also home to the Biltmore Estate a gorgeous castle built by George Vanderbilt III, fashioned after some of the French Loire Valley castles. Asheville is … Continue reading A Foodie Adventure in Asheville, North Carolina

Good Ole American Potato Salad

Good Ole American Potato Salad I got inspired this 4th of July to make a good ole American potato salad as part of the day’s festivities. It’s so easy to make with fresh ingredients rather than buying the pre-made grocery store stuff. The original inspiration came from my mother-in-law’s recipe. The recipe below yields about 8 -10 servings. Ingredients 2 ½ pounds of potatoes (preferably … Continue reading Good Ole American Potato Salad

Mi Chimichurri Es Tu Chimichurri

My friends have been after my Chimichurri sauce recipe for a while now. I have experimented with various recipes over the years and have finally put the following recipe in writing. Chimichurri is a sauce originally from Argentina and is widely used in Latin America cuisine. It is a herb sauce used on grilled meats, both as a marinade and as a finishing sauce. The … Continue reading Mi Chimichurri Es Tu Chimichurri

A Trip Down Memory Lane: Brussels and Bruges

As you may remember, our family lived in Brussels, Belgium for four years from 1997 until 2001. Both our children were born in Brussels. After we returned to the US, I had brought the children to visit Brussels in 2005 but we had not been back since then. We thought it very appropriate to visit Brussels on our last weekend getaway before moving back to … Continue reading A Trip Down Memory Lane: Brussels and Bruges

Central Vietnam

Danang, Hue, and Hoi An We arrived in Danang airport at night and were met by our new guide, Huan. Huan was friendly and overflowed with exuberance and enthusiasm. Together with the driver we took the windy mountain road to Hue arriving at our hotel at 10:30 p.m. We stayed in the beautiful La Residence Hotel & Spa in Hue. From the moment I stepped … Continue reading Central Vietnam

You Don’t Have to Be Italian to Make Homemade Italian Sauce and Meatballs

I have always loved Italian food. The closest I came to authentic Italian food as a child was eating at my parent’s Italian-Argentinian friend’s home. Their lasagna was to die for. There was always pizza from the local Queens or Brooklyn pizzeria. Then there was the annual trek with my parents to the San Gennaro feast in Little Italy in New York City every September. … Continue reading You Don’t Have to Be Italian to Make Homemade Italian Sauce and Meatballs

Colombian Kheema Matar

  A Story of Food, Friendship, and Finicky Eaters When we lived in Westport, CT one of our dearest and closest friends were from India. We spent countless evenings talking, laughing, dancing, drinking, and mainly eating. Some gatherings were planned and others were very spontaneous. We would telephone each other and the next thing we knew we would have planned a feast of Indian, Colombian, … Continue reading Colombian Kheema Matar

Guacamole, A Family Affair

There is nothing more delicious than freshly made guacamole and it’s so easy to prepare. Our family loves cooking together and we often make guacamole. Recently, my son, Connor, who loves to help in the kitchen with anything that involves chopping, helped prepare the onion and smashed the guacamole. My husband, Curt, and daughter, Clara, the family photographers, helped stage the photo shoot. And well, … Continue reading Guacamole, A Family Affair