Archives for July 2007


Nothing reminds me more of the South of France than lavender. Once I visited Provence in the summer, specifically the town of Grasse, where I was hit by blooming lavender for the first time.

Absinthe, Is It Safe?

Since absinthe was just approved by the FDA, I started wondering about all the stories I had read as a French Lit major in college. I admired the beauty and mystique surrounding this notorious beverage around the turn of the century, but what is absinthe anyway?

Comfort me with Top Chef

Why do folks think ‘healthy’ and ‘comfort’ means ugly? No way, real comfort food is packed with love! It’s enticing because it looks creamy, crunchy, silky, rich and colorful, as food should always be, healthy or not.

I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

At first glance, it appears to be just a parody of a dated entertaining guide, however Amy actually provides us with real, tasty – albeit quirky – recipes from the 70’s that bring back plenty of memories for me. I watched Aunts, Uncles, and friends show up at family functions with plates of classic all-American wonders!

Close to the Shore, My First Trip to Mexico

On my recent trip to Mexico last month, I saw many wondrous things. I’ve always wanted to visit, since Mexican cuisine has it’s allure using some of the sexiest ingredients ever – including chilies, chocolate, coffee, and pomegranate just to name a few.

Guilt-Free Grilling in Self Magazine

In the July 2007 issue of ‘Self’ Magazine, I am sharing my recipes for warm-weather favorites like pizza and burgers.