December 30th, 2009

Happy Early New Year FOOD Mavens

I’m off to Vermont in the AM with unpromising Internet access, so let me be the first to wish FOOD Mavens everywhere a Happy Early New Year! You can expect a complete report of my holiday adventures when I return to the Big Apple next week. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming 2010 with […]

December 25th, 2009

Merry Christmas FOOD Mavens

From our kitchens to yours, hope your holidays are filled with treats both savory and sweet!

December 22nd, 2009

Jesus sans Skis

I don’t ski. And for the record, I don’t date bankers or wear Christmas sweaters either. I grew up in a working class town covered in snow six months out of the year, with very few peaks or ski snobs to speak of. I like winter for her log fires and her forced interiors; I […]

Tis the season to be spending ungodly amounts of time and money shopping and baking. And in a recession, that just strikes me as unfair. The holidays can prove trying on your wallet, your rolling pin and your stamina, so looking for shortcuts becomes a fore-drawn conclusion. If the harried holiday hubbub has left you […]

December 15th, 2009

Chocolate-Peanut Butter Anything

I love anything made with the classic chocolate-peanut butter flavor combo. Anything. But because I avoid eating processed foods, I’m constantly trying to recreate the joy that is a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. In my kitchen, I’ve tooled around with frozen chocolate-peanut butter ice cream sandwiches, chocolate-peanut butter cupcakes filled with Nutella, a chocolate-peanut butter […]

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