• Strawberry Season in Vienna

    Almost speechless about this Strawberry Mousse in a chocolate-dipped cookie cone at Landtmann's Patisserie in Vienna at the Cafe Museum. And yes, you are seeing lightly toasted almond slices on top.  Working (sleuthing) to get this recipe. The many strawberry desserts in Vienna may not enjoy the same fame as Sachertorte (see story below) but they do ...

  • Atlanta-style Biscuits

    Southern biscuit production requires adherence to two strict rules: Rule # 1  As bakers in Georgia, Louisiana, or the Carolinas will tell you, you need White Lily Flour. This is not a secret; it is a fact. White Lily Flour is a 135-year-old regional brand made from 100% soft red winter wheat (as opposed to the hard red ...

  • Chardonnay Sauce in San Juan Capistrano

    "We take the essence of the scallops, mussels, shrimp, and the sea and we infuse it into the sauce," said Chef Pascal Olhats as he described the preparation of his velvety Chardonnay Sauce.  Brimming with fruits-de-mer fullness, the sauce is served under a thyme-crusted fillet of sea bass.  This dish is based on a regional classic ...

  • Holiday Desserts in Pictures

     In December, much of the world sees things the way I do. Artistic cakes, cookies, snow globes, chocolates, and vividly wrapped confections fill shop windows, screens, and billboards.  They are everywhere. For over 17 years, I have explored the pastry arts, sometimes as a chef and sometimes as a gypsy traveler hoping to capture in ...

  • Old & New Nordic in Iceland

    Reykjavik is not a cheap-eats town. As trawlers, seiners, barges and battered military ships churned in and out of the icy, early-winter marina, bowls of fish stew from the dock shacks cost as much as a steakhouse dinner in the states. This wild island, this legendary home of Vikings who could weather any hardship, offered ...

  • Chocolate Chip Cookies … Chef-Style

    Leave it to The New Yorker to produce a charming article on the history of the famous Chocolate Chip Cookies known as Toll House.The recipe is an historic, uniquely American keeper. And yet we've all been to that bake sale with a plate of chocolate chip cookies that didn't quite work out - pancake-like, melted ...

  • Farm-to-Table Tableaux in the Berkshires

    I've been photographing what is beautiful to me in The Berkshires for a long time, including plenty of farms and tables. My town in this western region of Massachusetts began as Shawenon, named for a Mohican chief who had an eye for gentle majesty. Egremont view of Mount Everett, known as "The Dome" The 1780's-ish dairy ...

  • Fika & Wild Swans in Stockholm

    Ah, midsummer.  The harsh ways of the world won't find you if you are near Nordic water, swans, and fika as the solstice dawns.  That's where I was last year - travelin' solo in the Swedish archipelago - and I thought I was turning 56 on my mid-summer birthday.  My family later corrected me - ...

  • To London, With Love

    Borough Market in London was an early stop when I started this blog in 2015.  Today, in the aftermath of a deadly terrorist attack, my heart goes out to all the people of London and their beautiful city. Here are photos from Borough Market and its environs on happier days. ...

  • Fried Chicken & Food Market Gypsy TV Cooking Class

    This is not just fried chicken, but very crispy, buttermilk-soaked, fried chicken adapted from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc recipe.  We made it LIVE on Facebook and you can see the video here or on YouTube.  We were live but the chicken, alas, was not. 1 whole chicken, cut up into frying parts 3 cups buttermilk 6 cups canola oil 2 ...

  • Reubens & the Women’s March in Cincinnati

    Cincy was my sports town in the days of Pete Rose and Johnny Bench.  We rolled in from the nearby hills of northern Kentucky where my family ran a local newspaper.  Folks, this was going to the city.  I still associate Cincinnati with ball park peanuts, fountains, and German-influenced culinary fare. It was easy to ...