Can’t Live Without Carne Asada

I am grateful to live in the Western United States where Mexican cuisine is abundant. My husband’s family lived in Rhode Island several years ago, and my mother-in-law complained the supermarkets didn’t carry the ingredients necessary to make tacos. I don’t know if this is still the case today; but, for me, living without Mexican… Continue reading Can’t Live Without Carne Asada

Eggs Benedict atop Fried Green Tomatoes

A few years ago my husband and I took a driving trip through the South, following Southern Living’s guide, “Drives and Dives.” I fell in love with the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes, and had to sample this delicacy at every dive we visited, which included a stop at the Whistle Stop Café in Juliette, Georgia.… Continue reading Eggs Benedict atop Fried Green Tomatoes

Artichokes Good Enough to Go to War Over

My family loves artichokes, but not as much as Ciro “Whitey” Terranova. In the 1920s, this mafia member became so smitten with this veggie that he tried to monopolize the market. “Whitey” purchased every single artichoke produced in California for $6 a crate, then shipped his treasures to the Big Apple, where his own produce… Continue reading Artichokes Good Enough to Go to War Over

Salmon—One of America’s Most Popular Fish

When you are standing in front of the fish counter at your supermarket, do you ever wondered, “Which variety of salmon should I purchase?” It can be quite puzzling. What exactly is the difference between wild and farm-raised salmon and Pacific and Atlantic salmon? Wild salmon is caught in its natural environment like oceans, rivers,… Continue reading Salmon—One of America’s Most Popular Fish

Cherries are in Season—Time to Make Cherry Clafoutis

Did you see the movie, Julie and Julia? It chronicles one woman’s quest to provide American cooks with the recipes and techniques necessary to create delicious French dishes at home; and it recounts another’s journey to master those skills. Julie and Julia is the true story of two women. Current day, Julie Powell, a cubicle… Continue reading Cherries are in Season—Time to Make Cherry Clafoutis