Advance practice nurse for kids with kidney disease, lived in Italy 3 years and learned really good food, and I Hate Eggs!
Love to cook and bake, have managed to spread this infectious love of food to my kids, my husband is happy with a 7-11 hot dog.

  • Location: Falls Church Va
  • Favorite foods: excellent pasta, veggies prepared in a way that respects their fabulous naked state, chocolate, fruit and a great burger
  • Last bite on earth: Belly up to the bar with a delicious medium rare burger, skinny fries, cole slaw and something lovely, warm and chocolate
    Or the tasting menu at The Inn at Little Washington

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Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Counter Culture Coffee Subscription

fat free half and half 1st thing in the am and frequently thereafter

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Korin Knife

crunchy things ie carrots, celery, peppers and ginger

How to Cook a Spatchcocked Turkey: The Fastest, Easiest Thanksgiving Turkey

It worked beautifully. I found getting the midpoint of the back bone out to be the most physically challenging part of the whole thing but perseverance worked. I put herb butter under the skin as usual, and placed onions on the bottom of the pan, whole fresh herbs under the turkey on a rack. This was my best turkey ever and not one of those OMG do you remember when Mom flattened the turkey stories. Whew!

Serious Reads: Smart Chefs Stay Slim, by Alison Adato

fewer calories eaten, more calories burned- no secret

do you have "good" china, silver, glasses??

All kinds of stuff , much of which I gave away when we downsized. I still have good china which I only use on special occasions and Silver (both selected 38 years ago and I still love the patterns) Got rid of the crystal (sorry Mom) and use cheap glasses including for wine. I just could not deal with costly breakage of the fine stuff so I buy the wine glass sets at Marshalls.

Chocolate-Banana Bundt Cake

although the making of this cake is far from traditional and it seemed awfully liquid as I poured it into the pan, it is scrumptious! I did substitute low fat yogurt for sour cream and threw in an extra ounce of baking chocolate (you cannot have too much chocolate) on a whim. It is very moist and I am trying to justify eating it for breakfast as it sits on my counter this am. Eggs, yogurt, bananas, walnuts- if it did not require 2 sticks of butter, you could call it health food!

We Try Every Flavor of Tillamook Ice Cream

We did the tour a few years ago and I had white licorice ice cream- absolutely wonderful!

Five Guys Tops National Consumer Survey on Favorite Burger Chain

and as that posted, a 50% off coupon for 5 guys pops up on my screen. Hmmm

Five Guys Tops National Consumer Survey on Favorite Burger Chain

5 guys? Not that great. Be very wary of surveys where participants self select. There is nothing to stop a "pile them on" campaign by the backers of that particular chain.

Dinner group dilemma--Ethiopian appetizers--HELP

seriously snarky! Knock it off folks- remember what Mom said, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything>"

Eat Right for your Blood Type Diet - Anyone tried it?

Never thought this made a lick of sense.
I am very healthy, eat pretty much anything (although moderately), exercise, sleep enough and stimulate my mind with reading and other activities. I am of modest weight, rarely get colds, no flu since high school (I am 60). Genetics plays a huge role in our health. Thanks Mom and Dad!

This is like saying since laughter is the best medicine; if we only laughed every day ...

Least favorite Thanksgiving dish?

not a fan of stuffing and please leave those marshmallows off my sweet potatoes.

But the worst thing I was ever served? Raspberry jello with cream cheese walnut balls suspended in it. I love you Aunt Sylvia but please do not make me eat that again!

SE Staff Picks: What's Your Favorite Food Smell?

Lordy this is tough
Onions and peppers sauteeing
fresh ground coffee
burgers on the grill
Apple pie in the oven

Weekend Cook and Tell: Dinners in Under 10 Minutes

large antipasto- slice melon, wrap with prosciutto, slice tomatoes, mozzarella, stagger the slices drizzle with olive oil, balsamic and fresh chopped basil, toast sliced italian bread sprayed with olive oil, top with jarred caponata (trader joes) or diced marinated artichokes. Add cherries for dessert, a lovely glass of wine.
Presto e buon' appetito!


I do watch it but only once in a while as the formulaic comments drive me nuts- and Ted Allen is just a bit too stiff for me.
I like the strange ingredients and learn pairings I would never have considered. My addiction period was when the judges and celebrity chefs were competing. When Anne Burrell made something out of Haggis that tasted good- now that was amazing.

Raisin Bread: Way or No Way?

I love it naked- a little butter perhaps but it so good by itself

Your Back Pocket Go-To Recipes

My favorite brownies (to which I have recently started adding chili powder) but otherwise, little sweet peppers briefly blanched and then filled with goat cheese, topped with a dollop of salsa. Looks pretty, easy to make and tastes great.