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    Michael Chiarello’s Spiced Candied Walnuts

    by  • December 30, 2012 • All Posts, Books, Pairings • 0 Comments


    I couldn’t resist one more post to close out the year — this one a quick addition to New Year’s Eve nibbles to pair with bubbles, and it’s what I’m toting along tomorrow evening to a friend’s party. These irresistable, perfectly crispy/spicy/sweet candied walnuts are straight out of At Home with Michael Chiarello: Easy Entertaining —...

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    Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm

    by  • February 27, 2012 • All Posts, Books, Pairings • 0 Comments


    I recently attended an oyster tasting led by Erin Byers Murray, author of Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm. The tasting was held at Houston’s Brasserie 19 and featured Erin talking about her experience spending a year working for a Massachusetts oyster company while we tasted through a lineup of the briny...

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    Menu: Vegetarian Tapas

    by  • September 20, 2011 • All Posts, Books, Menus • 0 Comments

    This weekend I put together a small assortment of vegetarian tapas straight out of Spain…A Culinary Road Trip by Mario Batali, with Gwyneth Paltrow. This is the companion cookbook to the PBS series, and it’s full of doable versions of regional Spanish dishes. I’m finding it to be a really fun and easy book to cook...

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    Travel: Chic Retreats

    by  • September 1, 2009 • All Posts, Books, Travel • 0 Comments

    The most adorable little book arrived in the mail recently — the 2009/2010 Chic Retreats Book. It’s full of tempting details on small boutique hotels around the world, and it’s quickly become a personal favorite. Apparently all the hotels here are represented by the Britain-based publisher, but I would say that this book is more than...

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