Summer Retreat in Provence

Posted by on Mar 7, 2015 in Musings | 0 comments

Imagine yourself sitting on a private terrace, a glass of Côtes du Rhône in your hand, watching the sunset over vineyards and fields of lavender in the south of France. You and your friends have prepared a delicious meal from local products you bought in the farmer’s market. Your day tomorrow may start with group meditation and yoga. Or maybe you’ll just sleep in and wake up when you want to, hearing only the sound of birdsong. Come rediscover what makes you happiest in life by unwinding and tapping into your purest joys. Fill yourself with deep rest, beauty, excellent food & wine, connection to culture, nature and amazing friends. You will have the chance...

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Kale Salad

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015 in Musings, Recipes | 0 comments

Happy New Year! It’s that time of year when the memories of those bountiful Christmas meals past are fading and the reality of tight clothing is upon us. Or maybe it’s just me. Whatever the inspiration, I am eating a lot of salads these days and trying to pack flavor and nutrition into one big happy meal. This salad is a meal in itself if you are feeling virtuous, but also a delicious side for pork chops, roast chicken or seared salmon. Already cubed squash is available in many produce departments now as is already cleaned kale. The baby kale mixes are a great substitute, tender and sweet. Pine nuts, almonds or hazelnuts can be substituted for the pistachios. Be...

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Veal and Porcini Meatballs with Parmesan Cream

Posted by on Mar 18, 2014 in Musings, Recipes | 0 comments

This photo is so deceptive. There is no way I or anyone else gets away with eating just two of these Veal and Porcini Meatballs. The recipe for these may be my Most Requested Recipe, or at least a close second. And, so I am choosing to kick off my new, and probably sporadic, series here of Most Requested Recipes. I will periodically post recipes that people ask for all the time which will force me to measure, weigh and write them out legibly. Many of these recipes are on odd bits of notebook paper, napkins or torn off pieces of parchment paper. They are hastily scribbled as I throw them together or try to remember what I did that turned out to be so delicious. ...

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Duck Fat Potatoes with Preserved Lemon

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Dinner, Musings, Quick Meals, Recipes | 0 comments

I had the best duck fat cooked potatoes of my life around this time last year, in an out of the way café tucked into the side of the Atlas Mountains, a few hours outside of Marrakesh. After days of eating richly spiced tagines, feather light couscous and a myriad of vegetables salads, I was surprised to find duck confit and Pommes Sarladaises on the menu of this high desert restaurant, surrounded by date palms, fruiting prickly pear cactus and massive agave plants. It was the special of the day. I ordered it, ready for something simple and familiar after the exotic, palate-awakening flavors of Morocco. When the plate arrived, it was just that – a mahogany brown...

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Grilled Rib-Eye Steak with Red Wine and Thyme Caramelized Onions

Posted by on Jul 8, 2013 in Musings, Recipes | 1 comment

My friend Dan accuses me of writing a vegetarian blog. “Where’s the meat?” he demands. “There’s none in your recipes.” Being a diehard meat eater, I found that hard to believe. But, when I went back and looked in the archives, I had to admit he was right. Sheepishly. So, in a round about manner, this is my first Meat Post. Because the recipe is really for these all-purpose Red Wine and Thyme Caramelized Onions which I happen to love piled on top of a grilled rib-eye, finished with a generous sprinkle of fleur de sel. (Even better, top the warm rib-eye with a pat of butter before piling on the onions and let it melt underneath, making for a juicy, sweet...

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