It’s summertime, which means we’re entertaining every weekend and on the lookout for easy, delicious recipes that make our guests ooh and aah. This week, I decided to try out a recipe I usually associate with holiday season, but is also the perfect capstone for a cookout or picnic. Around the December holiday season, Italian pastries would […]
Gazpacho isn’t one of those “craving” sorts of dishes. It’s rare to hear a friend bemoan, “Oh man, I could really use some gazpacho right now.” And yet gazpacho is an ideal summer party food. It involves no cooking, you can make a big batch in minutes, and yes, you can spike it.
I’ve always been a big believer that alcohol and baked things just go together. Like red wine brownies. Or just red wine with brownies, which I have always found to be the perfect way to end a crazy week. There is no shortage of ways to combine alcohol and sweets: frostings, cakes, breads, and ice […]
Like so many Italian dishes enjoyed widely in America, you might assume that penne alla vodka originated straight “off the boat.” But like New York-style pizza and even most iterations of baked ziti, this delectable dish is really more of a hybrid; it’s Americanized Italian food. This of course doesn’t take away from of its deliciousness. I like to […]
It’s an exciting year for Jews because Hanukkah, a festival of lights that lasts eight nights, falls over both Christmas and New Year’s Eve. This fortuitous scheduling creates a plethora of opportunities to celebrate, eat copious amounts of fried food, and enjoy some good drinks, too. Latkes are one of the quintessential foods of Hanukkah. […]
Do you remember wine cheese from your childhood – the orange and red-ish swirled cheese that comes in a container? My parents loved serving it as a pre-dinner snack with Triscuits or for “special occasions” like Thanksgiving and family gatherings. It’s not fancy or gourmet, but it is delicious and addictive in that I-know-this-is-bad-for-me-but-I-can’t-stop-eating-it sort […]