Former corporate sales manager with expertise in the chocolate, spice and nutmeats industries, has exchanged the "corporate" suit for the "white" suit.
My true passion is "hands on" baking and cooking, with an emphasis on all things chocolate.

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  • Location: Hull, MA
  • Favorite foods: Everything chocolate. Also love old, comforting classics with a nouveau twist.............meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, beef bourguignonne, roast chicken, lasagna, chateau briand, and Julia Child's cassoulet.
  • Last bite on earth: Roast turkey dinner with additional sides of macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, beef bourguignon, chocolate cheese truffles, and chocolate caramel cheesecake with Grand Marnier Ganache.

Is $5 Too Much To Pay For a Coke?

Absolutely ridiculous. A "self serve" Coke should be no more than $2.50, even in New York.

Cook the Book: 'The Gourmet Cookie Book'

My favorite has to be the pure white chocolate chip and orange flavored cranberry cookies I make for friends, charities and our mailman. Every year I get more requests for these cookies from friends of friends and others who share them.

Cook the Book: 'Bobby Flay's Throwdown!'

Using his grill, I'd like to see him make spun sugar.

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

Hands's David Lebovitz's "Chocolate Idiot Cake". I've made this so many times, and often times embellish with a luscious ganache finish.

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

Hands's David Lebovitz's "Chocolate Idiot Cake". I've made this so many times, and often times embellish with a luscious ganache finish.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution (Ep. 4): 'Jamie Vs. Radio Rod'

OMG......Like Adam Kuban.......I thought that was a King Size bed and wondered at first glance what they were doing in a hotel room with a casket against the wall! Wow........and Ouch! Never thought about burying obese people until seeing and reading this article. Very thought provoking to say the least.

Seriously Malaysian: How to Make Rendang

This looks De-Lish

Cook the Book: Peppercorn, Potato, and Parmesan No-Knead Bread

I've made the original loaf before, and it was great. This looks even tastier. Can't wait to try this recipe

Cook the Book: 'The Art of Eating In'

By reading Serious Eats, watching the Food Network and subscribing to many cooking magazines, I feel very empowered to tackle just about any recipe that looks delicious, unique or totally out of the ordinary. I wouldn't have half the confidence I now have, if I chose to eat out all the time. You save money, eat better and healthier too. You feel GREAT!

Cook the Book: 'Salt to Taste'

Sweet Potatoes, Butternut Squash and Carrots are my winter favorites. You can make a mean pie using all three ingredients. YUM-O

Animals-Eating Friday: Dog Eating with Hands

A Day in the Life of Bianca Henry, 'Today' Show Food Stylist

Superbly done. I knew that there had to be someone behind the scenes in order to make the food and "stars" shine.

Cook the Book: Ad Hoc at Home

I love Bertucci's in Hingham, MA. Their italian dishes are first rate, and their bread/rolls are decadent.

The Serious Eats Store Is In Business

Best of luck. I think your own store is a great addition. Look forward to shopping with you.

French in a Flash: Cod en Papillote


I love your updated versions of the French classics, as well as everyday fare. Your articles are very inspiring.

Ed Levine's Serious Diet, Week 104: My Five Rules for an Eat-All-Day Diet

Ed............You are in a very enviable position, and at the same time, one that is trying to bring you and the scale numbers back up again. I remember not too long ago that you were closing in on 200 lbs (212?), and thought for sure you'd be there in no time.

Well, we all know that exercise, moderation and all of the other weight loss/maintenance blah, blah, blah isn't going to do it alone. What I'd suggest is tasting, then spitting it out......similar to beer and wine tasters. Although a tad crude (you could dive under your desk) it is sure to pay some dividends.........Just a thought!

British Perfect Toaster with Window

I bought the 4 slice Dualit several years ago when it was listed in one of those over the top gift catalogs for $300.00. It is a fantastic machine. Today however, you can find them at Bed Bath and Beyond for around $100.00. So much for their "very" limited production.....LOL

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia

It is my "secret" ingredient when I make lasagna. People can never figure out what the Wow factor is.......

Serious Chocolate: Somebody's Mother's Chocolate Sauce

Fresh out of college, I spent an entire year on Wall Street in the Insurance Industry. I HATED it with a passion. I moved back home and wound up going to work for a local confectioner. The President of the company told me that once chocolate gets the blood of a "chocoholic", it would stay there forever. He was SO right! I can thank him for turning me into the chocolate gourmet that I've become. Winning this sauce would be total Nirvana.

Cook the Book: Unforgettable Desserts

The "Chocolate Idiot Cake" by David Lebovitz covered with a luscious semi-sweet ganache. It rocks!

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Two Peter Luger Steaks

Ribeye when money is no object. Otherwise blade steaks are also great.

Dinner Tonight: Beef Stroganoff

I LOVE everything Elise brings to the table. She and her parents are all about good, hearty and down to earth cooking and baking. I've never encountered a bad recipe.

The $449 SousVide Supreme: Worth It?

The Reynold's Handi-Vac unit is out of production. Reynold's dropped the vacuum packing unit without notice due to unfavorable sales performance. You can't even find the bags anymore. I've since discovered that the vacuum will work nicely on the Ziplock Vacuum Bags that have been recently released.

Cook the Book: America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

Mastering chocolate chip cookies, and then using the base to create numerous other yummy creations

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Charles Chocolates

David Lebovitz's "Chocolate Idiot Cake" adorned with chocolate or caramel ganache. It's killer, and wicked simple to make.

Paul Deen has new talk show Mom Logic. Did anyone go to taping?

I was psyched to receive tickets to the taping of a new Paul Deen show which was filmed in New York City this past Saturday and Sunday. What they didn't tell you up front was that this show was going to be a talk show, and not a show devoted to food, cooking etc. We had a great time. Did anyone else win tickets to this show called MomLogic?

HELP...Need Celebrity Chefs for Non Profit Fundraising Cookbook

I've been assigned the task of writing a cookbook for a non profit organization, and was wondering if there are certain Celebrity Chefs/Restauranteurs who lend their name for worthy causes. Do you know of any who are currently charity friendly? This cookbook will be used as a major fundraising vehicle for our association, and in addition to membership participation, we are hoping to have recipes graciously submitted by culinary legends such as Ina Garten, Emeril Lagasse, Martha Stewart, Mario Batalli, Thomas Kelleher, etc. Any suggestions would be highly appreciated

OK...Who's Going to WIN NFNS....Adam, Aaron or Lisa?

They said goodbye to Kelsey last night leaving Adam, Aaron and Lisa for the title of Next Food Network Star. I'm starting to believe that it will come down to Lisa and Aaron in the end, with Aaron the eventual winner. However that is my "practical" approach, and wouldn't at all be surprised it they chose the in house comedian who is "using up their dime".........Adam. What do you think?

When do you reach for chocolate? Pleasure, pain, or both?

I am a chocoholic and eat chocolate every day. Often times I reach for a few bite size morsels after reviewing a really great chocolate recipe, but have also noticed that I need that "fix" after encountering news that sometimes is stressful or down right BAD. What about you? When do you hit the chocolate?

The verdict! Anne Burrell's new show - Did you watch?

I was eagerly awaiting this much hyped new show, and to say I was sadly disappointed, is an understatement. Watching this show was PAINFUL! She grunts, groans and tries to highlight statements by jumping into a Frankenstein-esque voice. With her hands flailing about like a "kite festival gone bad", she cooks the "crap" out of her dish until it reaches a state of "cruddom". And while preparing the asparagus, she suddenly lunges into a "southern drawl" referring the the olive oil as "earl". I'm sorry, but either she is extremely bipolar and off her medication, or NEEDS it badly. I can understand "newbie" nervousness, but this was one of the worst half hours of tv I've ever watched.

When and where do you publish the winners of the weekly contests?

Just curious that's all. I too, like hundreds of others, enter my comments with the hope that ONE day I'll win one of the featured "Cook The Book" contests. I never see a weekly posting of the winners. Am I missing something? Just thought it would be great to see who wins, so that I could congratulate them as well as visit their page.