What makes a better gift than DIY cocktail supplies? This kind of gift is cute, unique, and way more useful than another pair of hand-knit socks. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy to make the components of one of my favorite cocktails, the Manhattan. Well, all of the components except for the rye whiskey. That one, I’ll leave to the experts.
Archive for March, 2005
During the warmer months, we ate in the room attached to the kitchen. It was flanked on two sides by double screens that went as high as the ceiling, and it was therefore called The Sun Room. Anyway, the sun room had two wall shelves full of my mother’s cookbooks. These cookbooks were rarely used, […]
Anyone who knows me, knows how crazy I am about Jacques Pepin. Always have been. I have tons of his cookbooks and I become glued to the TV whenever he’s on. So I was pleasantly surprised to learn his latest series would address “fast food”. Though many of his books have recipes that take very […]
I love wine shops. I can wander up and down the rows and stacks of bins, browsing the different regions, and asking the staff what their current favorites are for hours on end. So recently, when a friend of mine suggested I try shopping for wine online, I balked. I’m all in favor of supporting […]
I’ve never been a big fan of oatmeal, or any hot mushy cereal. Yik. But a few years ago, I discovered steel-cut oats, which are also known as coarse-cut oats, Irish oats, Scotch oats, and pinhead oats (I like that name the best). Steel-cut oats are chopped oat groats, which only have the outer hull […]
Now, where did I leave off? Ah, yes, ensuring the family cats ate better than we did. Our second line of defense was the paper napkins that had to be disposed of once the plate was cleared away. Over the course of the meal, Undesirables would slowly and quietly make their way into our laps, […]
So let’s say you’ve got friends in town and you want to take them somewhere “San Francisco”. Short on time, money and lacking any semblance of planning ahead? Don’t worry, you’re covered as the latest trend in San Francisco dining seems to be spin-offs of well-established restaurants or second smaller ventures by well-established chefs. Now […]