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Dark Hot Chocolate and Christmas in Budapest

If you're lucky, like we were, you'll arrive in Budapest at night. And, after passing miles and miles of generic concrete highrises, you'll look...

Budapest Christmas Fair

Boldog Karácsonyt! We're in Budapest for the Christmas market which has hundreds of wooden stalls selling hearty holiday food and drink. Oh, and a few...

Italian Pistachio Cookies

Those naughty Sicilians! Leave it to Italy, the land that brought us Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida, to have a sweet called "virgin's breast." Whether...

Banana Gingerbread

Just in time for the holidays and cold weather, this recipe makes a dense, moist and healthy loaf.  It's a great alternative to boring...

Almond Torte (Torta Rustica di Mandorle) and Breakfast in Sicily

  Breakfast may be our favorite meal in Sicily. A surprising statement about a place that created cannoli, cassata and Marsala. Breakfast in Ortygia, Agrigento and...

Rich Homemade Ricotta and a Weekend in Ortygia, Sicily

Silly us! We thought we were going to Italy. Don't be fooled, like we were, by the passport stamp when you step into Palermo or...

Big List of Traditional Sicilian Foods

Here it is. The familiar (manicotti) and not (torta setteveli). Print it out and take it with you to Ballaro Market or dinner, so...

When French Women Cook

What a lovely read for anyone who loves France or French cooking! "Part memoir, part cookbook, this classic of food literature is an immersion course...

Big List of Northern New Mexico Restaurants

Santa Fe (casual): The Shed* (no reservations, always crowded), Pasqual's*, Casa Sena*, La Choza, Coyote Cafe* Tomasita's (not as picturesque, but a local favorite). Frito pie was popularized at the Woolworths...

Grilled Calabacitas

New Mexican food tends to be hearty- lots of chiles, cheese, frijoles and posole. After a few days in Santa Fe, though, you have...

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Aspen Food & Wine 2015

  We're at Aspen Food & Wine 2015! Who are we seeing? Marcus Samuelsson, Dana Cowin, David Chang and more. Three days of non-stop...

Red Chile Margaritas

Oh, lordy... this may be the best margarita recipe ever! John and I have tasted our fair share of New Mexico margaritas through the years....

Lemony Pasta with Fava, Dandelion and Mint

Here's a delicious recipe inspired by the spring flavors of Sicily -fava beans, wild greens and mint all of which thrive on this rocky, rugged...

Watermelon Granita

We've made this granita with both honeydew and watermelon. Both were equally good, so we recommend using whichever melon is your favorite. Our version,...

Lavender Iced Tea

Who knew the Pacific Northwest had so much in common with southern France? By that I mean, only a few miles from glaciers, mountains...