Postcards

Savor Nashville 2010

We were invited up to “Music City” also known as Nashville, USA. What a great town! The weather was perfect as we arrived to do a dinner at The Watermark Grill. The dinner was kind of a “prelude” to a big city-wide celebration Nashville is having called “Savor Nashville”. The event is…

Fried Chicken: Memories And A Recipe

When I was about 19 I discovered a few very old hardcover books in my grandmother, “Nana’s” collection. They were in excellent condition unlike her battered paperback detective novels she had taken a fancy to late in life. She had always been more than happy to share any part of her boundless…

No Reservations: In The Caribbean With Tony

Tuesday, January 26th It was cool and pitch dark when the alarm rang to get us moving toward a speck of land far down in the Caribbean known only recently to me. It is called ‘Petit St. Vincent’. I learned about it from a producer of our friend Tony Bourdain’s smash hit…

Emeril in Miami

It is a great joy to have been friends with Emeril so long already. 21 years and growing in fact. This coming Saturday I will have the role of interviewer to my old buddy. I will be in the luckiest seat in the entire Arscht Theater. To see the dance that goes…

A Julia Child Memory

It seems everyone has his or her own favorite Julia Child story. That’s how well known and firmly entrenched in the American psyche the inimitably voiced gourmet goddess, (of the more Nordic sense) became. I was fortunate to know her and perform with her and it seems that each time I was…

Guava Is Goodness

When fresh this round or oval fruit is classified as a berry and is high in vitamin C. The edible skin can be white, yellow, green or pink in color; the pale yellow variety is often the sweetest. The Aztecs called them xalxocotl or “sand plums”. Our son, Justin is the best…

Cooking at the Cia-Greystone, Napa Valley

I woke up in the dark of the Meadowood Inn’s suite we were so lucky to be staying in. The fireplace was pre-set with crumpled newspaper, kindling and split logs. I struck a match before I even started coffee. If there is one thing I want in the home of my dreams…

Hot Sauces

I went to a food show in San Francisco where all manner of products are displayed and sampled by potential retail buyers from across the land. It’s like the car show or boat show for foodies. After having been there and seen it for myself I can state with absolute authority that…

Chicken Unlimited

We live in a time of reduced economic advantages its been noted… We seemed to be mad for Kobe just a short while ago. Perhaps washing it down with very limited growth bottle of Bordeaux (which actually is probably a bad combo) but how do you show the fellow swells at the…

The Banana Bread Man

He used to call it out over and over again on the streets of Old Key West, “Banana Bread, Banana Bread. Get your hot Banana Bread and don’t blame me when it’s gone!” His bicycle seemed like it might flip over front ward with the huge freight of banana bread that filled…

 
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