Food & Dining
Summer cocktails (clockwise from top) are trashy red wine sangria, vodka watermelon slushie, pisco sour, and gin and bitter lemon.
The art of the summer cocktail is something I take most seriously because several years ago I realized what surely is obvious to most people. But I can be a bit slow.
Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 10:38 AM EDT
This carbonara pasta salad in a serving dish is great for a summer picnic.
Pasta carbonara -- richly cheesy, creamy and studded with crisped pancetta -- is easily one of the most comforting of pasta dishes.
Posted: Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
You wouldn't think French toast and chocolate go together, but looking at this, it seems a natural.
Time for a confession: As a child, I never once celebrated Mother's Day, which is on May 10. My parents thought the holiday was nothing more than a cheesy excuse to sell greeting cards, and who was I to argue?
But after I became a mother myself? Oh. My. God.
Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2013 09:00 AM EDT
These tasty-looking drinks are (from left) a Golden Mojito with mint garnish, a Rum Sizzle with mango wedge garnish and a Rum Revival with orange peel garnish.
Just as we wouldn't lump together all red wines, we also shouldn't treat all rums alike.
A growing awareness of the differences in regional rums -- not to mention variances in how they are produced -- opens new opportunities for appreciating each in its own way. And when it comes to cocktails, that opens fun and delicious possibilities for highlighting the nuances of each.
Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 02:52 PM EDT
To extend the shelf life of broccoli takes less than 10 minutes with the heat-shocking method.
Nothing is more frustrating than finding the perfect cucumber or head of lettuce, paying top-dollar for it, and then ... tossing it out a week later when it has gone moldy or slimy in the refrigerator.
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2013 02:34 PM EDT
Slow-cooked lamb is easy, tasty
Rosemary lamb tagine with chickpeas and tomatoes takes little effort done the slow-cooking way.
I have two issues with slow cookers, and both are deal breakers. First, I resent the fact that if I want my meat browned -- and therefore flavorful -- I must sear it in another pan before adding it to the slow cooker.
Posted - Wednesday, April 03, 2013 10:36 AM EDT
Try this refreshing take for Easter dessert
This just screams refreshing and is perfect for topping off your Easter meal.
How do you make pound cake even more buttery and delicious? Easy: Pan-sear slices of it with butter and sugar.
Posted - Monday, March 25, 2013 04:09 PM EDT
Keeping your thumb green not always easy
Baby greens doing well now, but it was a slow start and lots of experimentation on containers, soil, sun.
You've heard the saying, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try and try again." And believe me, I've tried.
I now have to acknowledge that my initial gardening success three years ago must have been beginners luck.
Posted - Monday, March 18, 2013 03:00 PM EDT
Buck Naked with fish and skillet: Chef Shannon Buck Naked Donnelly is about to make good use of his cast-iron skillet and seafood seasonings with a fresh-caught snapper.
KEYS CUISINEBuck Naked is top local TV show
It should come as no surprise: A Florida Keys TV show featuring Buck Naked is the best new show on South Floridas local programming scene.
Posted - Thursday, March 07, 2013 07:05 PM EST
Steamed clams deliver big
How delicious does this simple clam dish look? Very delicious.
How about some Asian steamed clams or mussels with broccoli rabe?
I'd love to claim that this wonderful recipe required hours of arduous research and testing (not to mention the expert application of all of my hard-won culinary skills) before I was able to settle on the exact proportions of its ideal ingredients.
Posted - Saturday, March 02, 2013 11:00 AM EST