Egg & Pesto Toast

Have I mentioned how much I love having a Farmer’s Market outside our Boston apartment? Every Wednesday a collection of vendors gather literally right below us. Just-picked garden vegetables, fresh baked breads, recently laid chicken eggs, right off-the-hook fish… it’s a foodie’s dream. So yesterday, I selected a wonderful loaf of wheat bread, the most…

Tips on Hosting a Dinner Party

“It takes real planning to organize this kind of chaos.” – Mel Odom The beautiful illustrations in this section are painted by a very talented friend, Paige Smith Spearin. She is an accomplished illustrator, painter and print designer in NYC. Thank you, Paige! Check out her work!  Planning The key to a great party is…

The Art of Sabering a Champagne Bottle

Some celebrations just require that extra pop… Saber that Champagne Bottle! When a champagne bottle is struck at the right point with a sharp edge, the collar of the bottle will break-off with a clean cut and the cork still be completely surrounded by the glass. How does this work? A champagne bottle has roughly…

Sautéed Summer Halibut

We returned home to Boston today to an absolutely beautiful summer day. Having this be one of the true first summer days in our new Seaport neighborhood, I’m just starting to discover the summer happenings in our new hood. And being that this is a rather new neighborhood itself, new stores and activities are constantly…

Heirloom Tomato Zucchini Crostata

This recipe is my favorite go-to appetizer. It’s easy to make, it can be made in advance, and it’s impressive. Between the buttery dough and the fresh vegetables & herbs, the flavors are hard to resist. There are almost never any leftovers when I serve this at a party.  It can be served as one…