• Creating the Beat at Incanto

    Privileged to prep with the chefs at Incanto in Amsterdam. This Italian restaurant is no simple Italian restaurant, located near Old Town, the flower market and ideally across from our hotel. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to have a "cooking workshop" to experience their mise en place for dinner that evening. ...

  • The Art of Hiding Vegetables

    Most children are anxious to eat dessert first, even if it is fruit.  Vegetables, no matter which variety are just not a top priority for most eaters even when we understand the health value.  There is a new film out called "Fed Up" that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival and explores the shift in ...

  • Lebanese CousCous Salad

    Tennis match today and I brought a couscous salad that celebrated spring.  At a recent Williams Sonoma sale I picked up Lebanese CousCous. The grains are pearl-like in their round pea-sized shapes.  The texture is soft and slightly chewy when cooked. Although any couscous would work fine in this recipe, the Lebanese style is a ...

  • A Toast to Easter

    Easter is a close second to Christmas as far as celebrations in our family.  Spring is finally showing itself around here with blooming tulips and daffodils and the dogwoods are especially beautiful this year as the azaleas are barely beginning to show their bright colors as we observed today at the Masters.  Easter is around ...

  • Visions of Vietnam

    We recently returned from Vietnam.  It is hard not to smile thinking of the bright colored vegetables and sweet fruits that seemed to be at every corner.  This was our third visit to Vietnam and although there were many changes, especially economically, the growth and attraction of Vietnam is obvious.  Food is clearly at the ...