Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes…it’s that time of year.  Beautiful, juicy, locally-grown, ripened on the vine, and bursting with flavor tomatoes.  Patiently await their arrival for the greater part of the year; and when they arrive in all their glorious colors, I can’t get enough of them.  Whether roughly chopped as part of a Greek salad (better … Continue Reading

I’m in Maryland (okay, technically Washington, D.C. at the moment), the home of the Chesapeake Bay blue crab. It’s summer, and in Maryland that means it’s crab season, wahoo!!  Love blue crabs — soft shell, hard shell, crab cakes, crab soup…love it all. While I grew up in Maryland, have spent the past ten years … Continue Reading

When you think of soup and salad, seaweed is probably not the first thing that springs to mind.  But, there’s a whole world of seaweed out there to be discovered.  In fact, there’s almost an entire aisle devoted to seaweed at my local Asian market.  Wakame, hijiki, arame, dulse, kombu, kelp, and nori are some … Continue Reading

  I have a thing for bright, vibrant colors. I have a closet full of colorful spring dresses, most of which I accumulated while in Chicago of all places (which is entirely impractical for Chicago weather; should be investing in heavy winter sweaters to keep me warm, but that just seems so dull in comparison). … Continue Reading

I love having friends over for dinner, and the corresponding time spent in the kitchen preparing the dinner (along with shopping at the farmers’ market for the ingredients, hitting a few specialty shops for the perfect cheese, cut of meat, and/or bottle [or three] of wine). Interestingly, more often than not, the salad is what … Continue Reading