I’m not usually this ahead of the game. Still a week out from Thanksgiving and am already menu planning. Typically, I’m trying to figure this out the day before or the day of. Organization is not my forte. From a food standpoint, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey (and giving thanks, of course). For me, … Continue Reading

It’s mid-October and the lure of fall (and pumpkin) is strong, but I’m not quite ready to bid farewell to some of my summer faves — eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes, the holy trinity of summer vegetables. They’re still abundant at my local farmers’ markets, so was eager to take advantage of them, as in a … Continue Reading

Cheese is my weakness. Cupcakes don’t do it for me. Ditto for donuts. But give me a hunk of cheese and now we’re talking. One of my favorite cheeses is a raw, Basque sheep’s milk cheese, Ossau-Iraty, that I discovered at a farmers’ market in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France (before the start of my Camino de Santiago last year). … Continue Reading

 Fall has arrived…   I’m back from a two-month hiatus and am hungry (figuratively and literally).  Was busy walking the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile walk across northern Spain beginning in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France, and ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain).  Thereafter, did a little traveling (culinary research [i.e., eating]) in Portugal and Ireland. On most … Continue Reading

Fall is most definitely upon us.  With it comes apples, lots and lots of apples.  Did you know that there are 2,500 different varieties of apples grown in the United States and 7,500 varieties worldwide? Do you have a favorite recipe for apples?  How about a favorite varietal? The apples above are [Virginia] Winesap, my … Continue Reading