Category Archives: celebrity

Cioppino! O what a great fish stew!

Usually during the summer when my daughter comes to visit we go to a local restaurant that serves Cioppino and she orders it every time. Just our luck this year, Cioppino was not on the menu!  What is a mother to do late on a hot summer’s day but to make her daughter Cioppino! What is Cioppino? It is a fish stew in a nice tomato and wine broth served with toasted bread.  Although this dish sounds Italian, it actually got its start in San Francisco believe it or not in the late 1800s by Portuguese and Italian fishermen.
So I …

 

Gwyneth Paltrow my father’s daughter – a wonderful cookbook!

I like to buy cookbooks. I still have a vast collection from my mother in addition to what I have acquired over the years.  I had a huge Gourmet magazine collection until recently when I ran out of space and realized I could get many of the recipes from epicurious.com!  Many times I wonder why buy cookbooks with so many wonderful recipes on line. Just by doing a simple Google search, I can get recipes galore! But there is still a good feeling about having a collection of wonderful cookbooks!
There are classic cookbooks that everyone should have and then there …

 

10 Hour Chicken!

My daughter came down with cookbooks with recipes for me to try.   Finally I tried one recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow -my father’s daughter cookbook.  I love this cookbook and am going to get my own copy but more about that at another time!
I have smoked briskets outdoors for countless hours getting up at an unheard of hour to start the process.  When I cook a turkey in my Showtime Rotisserie it does not take more than two to three hours before it is ready.  I was intrigued about how a chicken would taste if I cooked it long and slow …

 

Celebrity Chefs make a splash at the Fancy Food Show!

Celebrity chefs not only have their own shows, cookbooks and cookware but they are also branching out with food products!  Food products you will be able to find on-line or in your local markets.  Move over Barefoot Contessa and Emeril make way for Guy Feri, Cat Cora, Lidia Bastianich, Florence Tyler, and Duff Goldman! These celebrity chefs are branching out! These are some of the products I saw at the Fancy Food Show recently!  Check them out and let me know if you like their new products!
Let’s get started and see what these celebrity chefs have in store for your …

 

Happy July 5th and the Start of Summer!

I am currently outside of the nation’s capital spending some time in the Maryland, Virginia, DC area. It is the first time I have not been in the Boston area for the Fourth of July and was not able to see the festivities on the Esplanade until 10 PM when CBS covered just one hour of the festivities that I have grown accustomed watching all evening on WBZ.
Living in Boston we have our traditions and July 4th and the Boston Pops go  hand in hand.  Being able to watch the Boston Pops for the whole evening is something I missed …

 

Company- The Musical Film One Night Only!

The Broadway show Company was my first introduction to the world of musical theater when I was growing up in New York.  It is a memory that has stayed with me and a love of theater that has grown over the years.   Seeing Company was a magical experience. An introduction to the world of Stephen Sondheim, Hal Prince, Michael Bennett and a magical cast including Elaine Stritch, Barbara Barrie and Larry Kert to name a few. A dance sequence by Donna McKechnie was outstanding!
Company holds a very special place in my heart.  I still remember the songs, the stage and …

 

Outrageous Brownies

No other word describes these brownies better than the name they were given – outrageous brownies and every time I have made them for someone the first comment I get is how outrageous they are and when can I make them again for them!  What better compliment can you ask for!
I can’t take credit for creating the brownies that honor goes to Ina Garten!  I owe Ina Garten my sincere thanks and gratitude for letting me make the best possible brownies.
Now that Boston Bakes is done for 2011, I have some brownies to make for those who requested them.  Soon …

 

Spago’s Caramel Flan Cheesecake

 
I was looking for a crust less cheesecake to serve over Passover and stumbled over this recipe from Wolfgang Puck for a caramel flan cheesecake.  Caramel and cheesecake together sounded good to me.  I tried it and fell in love with it. I realized cheesecake does not need a crust at all and I can serve this anytime.  This cheesecake was so light and smooth. The cheesecake truly tasted exactly like caramel flan. It was fantastic and quite addictive.
Usually I have great will power. I will try something and be done but such …

 

Starbucks collaborates with Lady Gaga

While working today in the usual Starbucks office, I’m finding my ears being bombarded with Lady Gaga’s new album, Born This Way, which was just released yesterday. People were encouraged to stop by yesterday between 3pm and 5pm in Gaga-esque attire for a dance party, and to pick up her album as well as one of their delicious offerings. I, unfortunately missed out on these gatherings. After hearing about this event, I felt inclined to inquire with the manager at the Starbucks in the North End if anyone happened to come here yesterday Gaga-ed up, unfortunately this was not one of the locations where Gaga lovers …

 

Bye Oprah!

It has been a nice 25 years but I must admit when I see your commercials for the final countdown of your shows it gives me the chills! I am not ready to say good bye yet even though you gave us a year to adjust and come to terms with your departure!
Afternoons won’t be the same without you!  Even if I was not able to watch every day there was always the next day and the next show, you were always there.
You have been in my home and I have shared many of my afternoons watching your show, learning …