Beyond the Burbs: Sugaring Season

Last week was all about pancakes.  This week we’re boiling down sap to make syrup.  This weather is throwing all the sugar shacks for a loop. You can travel out to “beyond the ‘burbs” in just about any direction and find a sugar shack.  It just depends how far you want to go, and most…

10 Reasons to Join a Private Club: The Hermitage Club

Belonging comes in many different forms.  We belong to families.  We belong to communities.  We belong to churches or temples or mosques.  We belong to schools, or health clubs.  We belong to Meetup groups and Facebook groups. We belong to work groups and workout groups. Belonging is something that we all seek out as human beings….

Chocolate Party at the Rotunda: Be there or be square

This Saturday, end the school vacation week with a cocoa-covered bang. The Above & Below Chocolate Party at the Boston Harbor Hotel involves chocolate and skating a pretty perfect winter pairing. This chocolate-lover’s outing, takes place on Saturday, February 22nd from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the hotel’s Rotunda Room set high above the…

February Vacation in Boston: Play (Art, Eat, Play, Stay)

February vacation is a trip to the beach for some and sliding down the slopes for others.  You don’t have to leave town though to have a great vacation. Play The museums are a great choice, and yes they may be busy over vacation but you can still have a great time if you plan…

Boston Wine Festival: Valentine’s Day Continues

I love wine and I love food.  I’m definitely not a connoisseur when it comes to wine, and I rely heavily on a good wine store, or store within a store like Formaggio Kitchen and Hi Rise Bakery, or a good sommelier. The best way to get to know wine is to try several in…

Valentine ‘s Day Fun: Giant Cookie (Recipe)

This September, my son asked for a giant cookie ( here is the recipe link)to bring in for his school birthday party. The kids had fun modifying it for Valentine’s Day. To make a love struck heart, we used Strawberry Kit Kat from Japan that we bought at the Japonaise Bakery. If you can’t find…

Hosting Dinner Outside the Kitchen

Kitchensurfing: No it’s not the X Games of the culinary world and it is not a hot new food show on Cooking Channel, Esquire or The Food Network.  Kitchensurfing is a website that connects you to chefs, menus, parties of all sorts and allows you to bring them to your home or event from dinner…

Foie de Poulet: Chicken Liver with Apple Brandy Dijon Sauce (Recipe)

Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Chef Tony Maws and Chef Carl Dooley about one of Craigie on Main’s most exceptional special events, The Road Less Traveled, where the ingredients are more nose and tail than anything in between. I have always preferred liver to steak but have never prepared it successfully…

Super Bowl XLVIII: Pinterest Shminterest time to order out

I know you have a whole Pinterest board or maybe even two: Super Bowl snacks and Super Bowl decor.  Don’t even mention the third one:  Super Bowl Sweets. Super Bowl XLVIII is this weekend and yes, I know that pizza with the pepperoni in the shape of a football is super cute, but really do…

Lunch: Bon Appétit

Pea green and micro arugula salad with salmon roe. Omelette with onions and Brussels sprouts. Make a vinaigrette in a bowl. Top with greens and toss. Sautée some onion and sliced Brussels sprouts. Add a little water or wine to cook Brussels sprouts completely. Whip two eggs in a bowl with a fork. Sprinkle with…