Jamaican Cooking Class at old Prospect Plantation

Jamaican Cooking Class at old Prospect Plantation

Flames rose from the old black metal drum grill.  Herbs and spices melded together in a rich and zesty aroma.  The beautiful blue Caribbean Sea sparkled beyond the lush green lawn and gardens. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. Yaaman Adventure Park, just outside Ocho Rios, Jamaica, boasts a “secret river”, a…

Where to Eat on Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts

Where to Eat on Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts

Pickering Wharf in Salem, Massachusetts, is a 1970s-built waterfront district with a 19th-century feel.  It boasts a marina, boutique shops selling everything from the obligatory witch kitsch to bags made from recycled sails, and lots of restaurants featuring an array of fabulous fresh seafood.  Here are my favorites: Sea Level Oyster Bar offers so much…

Easter Pie

Easter Pie

Wheat Pie for Easter is a Neopolitan tradition.  There are different legends about why.  Some say the wheat represents the Resurrection.  Others believe it stems from the much-anticipated arrival of a grain ship during a famine.  I suppose both could be true.   It’s a rich, fruity, creamy pie.  It’s a lot of work–and a lot…

Pot Roast

Pot Roast

There’s nothing like pot roast.  It was one of my favorite winter Sunday dinners growing up in New England.  To me, it represents home and family, warmth when it’s cold outside, hearty sustenance on a leisurely afternoon.  I used to help my mother by chopping up the vegetables in the morning.  Here I’ve updated my…

Herbal Cheese Sauce

Herbal Cheese Sauce

A basic white sauce is one of the most useful items in a home cook’s repertoire.  It’s delicious plain, called béchamel, but it’s also versatile and can be enhanced with different flavors.  A béchamel with cheese is called a mornay sauce; with fresh herbs, it’s called a chivry sauce.  I’ve combined the two here into…

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore is classic Italian comfort food.  The word cacciatore means hunter, and the style of cooking means a dish that is hearty with lots of earthy vegetables and some wine.  I’ve updated my Grandma Carbone’s recipe here.  I use a combination of breasts and thighs; you can use just thighs if you prefer, but…

Breakfast in a Mug

Breakfast in a Mug

Looking for an easy breakfast to eat before (or during!) your morning Zoom meeting?  I put this simple recipe together because I wanted something quick but protein-packed.  To make it flavorful with minimal prep, I’ve used a blend of fresh herbs; you can mix up your own favorites.  If you want something heartier, you can…

Use-What-You-Have Cookie Bars

Use-What-You-Have Cookie Bars

Is there anything better than cookies in brownie form?  Soft, chewy, yummy–and easy to bake.  If you’re like me, your pantry becomes a haven for the left-over mix-ins from past recipes–chocolate chips, candy bits, chopped nuts, mini-marshmallows.  The list goes on.  And if you’re like me, you can’t bear the thought of waste.  What do…