A Most Unusual Wine Tasting

a cheese plate to die for

Photos and text by Richard Frisbie My recent visit to Spain was ostensibly to follow the Ruta de Santa Teresa, but honestly my primary interest was to sample the wine and food that the Castilla y Leon region is famous for.  My colleagues and I ate in many great restaurants and had incredible wines both paired with the meals and as tastings in the wineries themselves. But the … [Read more...]

Finding Pho

Beef pho from Pho 88, Lowell.

Denise J. Dubé                   Soup truly nourishes my soul and warms my heart, no matter what the season. Pho, a Vietnamese staple, is a personal favorite. My San Franciscan sister-in-law, while in Boston a dozen years ago, introduced me to this exotic elixir at Pho Pasteur in Cambridge. A heaping … [Read more...]

Louisiana Gumbo, Seasoned with Good Friends and Travel.

Shannon cooking in the Craigdarroch Arm's Hotel kitchen.

By Shannon Hurst Lane   A few weeks ago while in Ely, England with friends, we took turns making our favorite dishes. I packed spices to make gumbo, a Louisiana favorite. I knew the proper Andouille sausage was hard to find. Fortunately, the local Waitrose supermarket offered a nice chorizo as a perfect substitute. The gumbo was a spicy delicious meal, … [Read more...]

Dining Trends: A Bread Course in Charlevoix


                A recent article in Bon Appétit magazine referenced several restaurants in the country, where bread was moved off the traditional bread plate to reappear as an entrée, or at least as its own course. It appears that dishes with bread as the primary ingredient are gaining a following – and respect. … [Read more...]


Chicken cacciatore simmering "on the range."

Rose's Chicken Cacciatore By Denise J. Dubé Growing up chicken cacciatore – or hunter’s stew – was frequently served at our house. It was filling and held large chunks of chicken, Mom’s tomato sauce, green beans and potatoes. It was a satisfying meal that filled the tummies of a larger-than-average family. It’s been decades, but I still remember the distinct flavor … [Read more...]

BELGIUM: Vincent Florizoone

Chef Vincent Florizoone. Photo by Maria Lisella.

Mythology of a Young Innovator: Vincent FlorizooneBy Maria Lisella A splashy entrance is not Vincent Florizoone’s style. If anything, his understated arrival at an interview on the 44th Floor of the New York Times building was inauspicious. Lanky and handsome, he is charming in a relaxed way, no affectations or airs. At at the mere mention of food he is alert, happy and … [Read more...]

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer

Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer! Courtesy photo.

Celebrate Boston’s sweetest week with Buca di Beppo, Da Vinci Ristorante, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake & Stanhope Grille By Bryan Barbieri WHAT: Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer is celebrating its 12th year of success in the city! This year, some of the area’s premier restaurants and bakeries will be joining forces to help … [Read more...]


Exterior shot of the CIA (Photo by Richard Frisbie.)

Plays well with others ... By Richard Frisbie The image that comes to mind when I hear "Boot Camp" does not include kitchen skills, especially when it's prefaced with CIA. I think of sweaty bodies and abusive drill sergeants constantly shouting orders to do more push-ups. Naturally then, it was with some trepidation that I accepted an invitation to attend a CIA … [Read more...]

How Green Is Your Chocolate?

By Judy Kirkwood Fifty million pounds of chocolate will be sold in honor of Valentine’s Day. Women of a certain age with discriminating palates – in other words, advanced chocoholics -- might prefer Godiva or boutique chocolates. But much of that 50 million pounds will be in the form of Hershey’s kisses, chocolate roses, and their 3 pound solid chocolate hearts. In fact, … [Read more...]

WISCONSIN: Jazzed Up Marshmallows Provide a Perfect Holiday Topping

Specialty marshmallows, mmm ...

By Deston S. Nokes No more coffee, no more tea, I’m seeking chocolaty warmth from head to … knee. With a wintery bluster outside my Oregon home, I rifled through my cupboards for hot chocolate and a package of cinnamon-infused marshmallows from Jazzed Up Marshmallows that I had been saving for just this type of day. Plopping a few of the small … [Read more...]