Tandoori-Inspired Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs and Legs; Rasika Restaurant Washington, DC


I started out this morning craving the flavors of India. Maybe I was still dreaming of a recent meal at Rasika in Washington, DC. From the house-candied ginger Champagne Cocktails to the English Peas and Cabbage with mustard seeds to the last fragrant bite of saffron panna cotta, my palate was alive and happy. In my ...

(Includes a recipe for Spicy Grilled Chicken Thighs & Legs)

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Friday morning cocktail testing: Prosecco and Rose


Is it too early to test cocktails? It’s 5 p.m. in Paris… I brought back this confit of rose petals–subtly sweet and fragrant–from Montreal. Stir a tablespoon or two into a glass of chilled bubbly…and garnish with a rose petal. What’s your favorite summer cocktail?

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Durham, NC Farmers’ Market

Durham, NC market: Scratch's tarts: Chocolate Sea Salt and Honeysuckle Cream

A few of my favorite things…and some new flavors: chocolate sea salt tart and honeysuckle cream tart…

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Jun I, Montréal: Uni, Funny Maki, and all that Jazz

Chef Jun Ichi (right)

After several days of foie gras and more foie gras, I stopped in at Jun I, a beautiful, simple bar a sushi. Chef Jun Ichi from Kyoto sliced up Salmon with Japanese plum and maple syrup, Kampachi with yuzu miso (a favorite), Artic Char with fresh wasabi and soy, Striped sea bass with ginger, Pernod, ...

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Montréal, Au Pied de Cochon encore…

les asperges au restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

I couldn’t help myself…yes, there are so many wonderful restaurants in Montréal, but the giddiness and pure joy that emanates from diners and staff at Au Pied de Cochon is addictive (see previous post). The charming Denis greeted us again and suggested asparagus, and another small portion of poutine (see previous post) as well as ...

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Au Pied de Cochon, Montréal: Poutine, Bites of Sin, and More…

Terrine de foie gras

When I first asked friends where to eat in Montreal, I was told, ordered in fact, to go to Au Pied de Cochon and report back with every drool-worthy detail. The space is abuzz with beautiful people, but, unlike in certain hot spots in Manhattan or L.A., the only ogling was of other people’s plates–foie ...

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Montreal, L’express

Roasted Bone Marrow, gray sea salt, Savoy peek-a-boo cabbage leaves, L'Express, Montreal

First bites at L’Express in Montreal: cornichons and roasted bone marrow

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A New Way with Snail Mail

Snail Mail

I had been lamenting to a friend in California that I never get any interesting snail mail anymore. It’s all electronic. Even friends who have my phone number send me messages via Facebook or Twitter, rather then calling me up so I can hear a real voice. My friend got the hint and sent me ...

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All the Pretty Mamas: Just in time for Mother’s Day: Feed the Belly, a new book By Frances Largeman-Roth


My friend, and new mother, Frances Largeman-Rothhas just published her first book. Authors often say that publishing a book is like having a baby. Congrats to Frances for carrying 2 babies at once, sweet little Willa and FEED THE BELLY. About FEED THE BELLY:”The only eating guide for expectant moms that helps satisfy your cravings while ...

(Includes a recipe for Peach and Blackberry Crumble)

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Honeydew Melon with Vanilla Fleur de Sel

morning honeydew with vanilla fleur de sel

When I was a little girl, hot summers in New Orleans always signified outdoor seafood boils and fresh cold watermelon. My grandmother used to take the salt shaker and lavishly sprinkle her wedge of melon. As a child, I found this cruel and unusual. That was before I got to France and discovered fleur de ...

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New Orleans 40th Jazz and Heritage Festival, Wynton Marsalis and Afro-Latin Boogaloo Funk

cochon de lait po-boy and fried oyster spinach salad

Just got back from the first weekend of Jazz Fest 09. Love: -prejean’s pheasant, quail, and andouille gumbo, and the softshell crab po-boy -the cochon de lait po-boy and fried oyster spinach salad -that jazz fest recycles -that Jayne gets us VIP parking and my friend, Joe, actually loved Jazz Fest this year -that people were happy, no talk of recession, ...

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Recipe for I Want Summer Now cake

I Want Summer Cake Now

Hot days, first swim, strolling the markets in the Crescent City and Washington DC, but no peaches or cherries yet. In anticipation of summer, I’ve pulled out some frozen cherries and peach slices from my freezer and am baking a cake with what I have on hand. I think this would be good with fresh ...

(Includes a recipe for I Want Summer Now Cake)

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Washington DC Weekend: Peach Blossoms, Hibiscus Punch, Fried Chicken (plus recipe), and more

Masala Fried Chicken

Spring weekend in Washington DC: the SFA Potlikker film event included lots of whiskey cocktails, good friends, and great short docs on Sweet Potato Pie, Edwin Marty and the Jones Valley Urban Farm, Taylor Grocery, and Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville… Some of my favorite lines from the films: Pearl Mallory: “If I had 2 ...

(Includes a recipe for Suvir Saran's Fried Chicken Masala)

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spring fling: baby leeks, heartbreak carnitas, and starship eggs

roasted baby leeks with tomatoes, olive oil, fleur de sel...just add toasted walnuts

Sunday spring fling with friends. Kate, gardener extraordinaire brought baby leeks and violas and chives from the garden. She also used to live in L.A. and learned to make carnitas that “will break an old man’s heart.” (Kate’s Recipe below.) She broke a lot of hearts yesterday with her tortillas, crema, carnitas, and hot hot ...

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Emeril, Jonathan Adler, India Hicks, Donna Hay, Writing Workshops and more at Studio b, Alys Beach, FL

studiob at the beach, Alys Beach, FL

Photographer Colleen Duffley has a plan b. After lots of hard work and many 2-a.m. emails, she has created Studio b, a playground for the imagination. Studio b is now and up and running. Seminars, classes and workshops with artists and designers and chefs, including India Hicks, Donna Hay, Jonathan Adler, Emeril Lagasse, Tyson Cole, ...

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Catie’s King Cake Royale


It’s a little late for King Cake, but since I no longer live in New Orleans, my friend Catie, baker and scientist extraordinaire, made me a birthday King Cake. The dough is soft and tender and we added cream cheese and almond paste and orange zest to the filling. For a moment, we thought about ...

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Iron Chef America: Judging with Jeffrey Steingarten and Andrew Knowlton

Iron Chef with Jeffrey Steingarten and Andrew Knowlton Battle Basil

Tonight I make my first appearance as a judge on Iron Chef America, along with Jeffrey Steingarten of Vogue and Andrew Knowlton of Bon Appetit. This Food Network show has been a favorite of mine for a long time. I started watching the Japanese version when I moved back to the States. Check local listings for ...

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The Flavors of Florence for ENTREE Magazine

florence for entree magazine

This just came out in ENTREE, the beautiful, glossy magazine for Neiman Marcus INCIRCLE members. Thanks to Alice Doyle and Karen Carroll for this great assignment. In the article, I write about some of my favorite foods in Florence including lusty crostini di fegatini at CAMMILLO, almond granita at CARABE, and pork arista sandwiches at ...

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A new kind of beef: Recipe development for Cooking Light

Beef Tenderloin with Maple Roasted Pears and Shallots

When I eat beef, which isn’t often, I like my cuts with substantial marbling, a nice crust, and more rare than not. I love New York Strip, but I also dream of La Boca’s Entrana Fina, the “outside skirt” grilled lovingly by Chef Jared Ralls. Jared cooks the steak skin on, so the result is ...

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Cookthink Interview


Thanks to Kristin Hohenadel and Chip Brantley of cookthink.com for including me in the cookthinktank as the featured author this week. This coincides with the paperback edition of TRAIL OF CRUMBS, available today in bookstores. Check out the new beautiful cover. Thanks again to everyone at Grand Central Publishing, my wonderful editor, Amy Einhorn, and ...

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