White House Egg Nog – One for the Ages

By Walter Scheib et al. White House Egg Nog – One for the Ages This recipe from former White House Chef Walter Scheib, The American Chef, was published in this space shortly after he left his post on Pennsylvania Avenue and we have decided it might be a nice thing to do annually.  We met […]

Chocolate, The Aztec Elixir

By Charles Oppman Chocolate, The Aztec Elixir This may be the best―if not the most delicious―medical news since the Aztecs gave the world chocolate in the mid-16th century. (Well, actually the Spanish Conquistadors slaughtered the Aztecs and took their chocolate back to Europe.) Several studies have shown that dark chocolate and cocoa has beneficial effects […]

Country Apple Tart

Let’s Eat by Charles Oppman Country Apple Tart What says autumn better than a homemade apple dessert? When the apple harvest is in it’s the perfect time to whip up everyone’s favorite dessert, an apple tart. Apple pies are fine, but here’s a treat with a twist, a one-crust tart. This dessert is not only […]

Pasta- Sicilian Style

Let’s Eat By Charles Oppman Pasta – Sicilian Style Sicily, like many other cities and areas of Italy is a wondrous place.  It is geographically in the Mediterranean Sea – part of Europe and Africa, but arguably belonging to neither.  There is much evidence of rich cultures left behind by a plethora of conquerors.  As […]

Baby It’s Hot Outside!

by Judy Eichner Baby It’s Hot Outside! While we can’t exactly do a lot of traveling these days, when traveling through North or South America, Southern Italy and/or Provence in France in the warm and hot weather you will find many restaurants with a variety of cold soups on the menu. This is especially true […]

Deep-Fried Soft Shell Crabs & Ice Cold Beer

Let’s Eat! By Charles Oppman Deep-Fried Soft Shell Crabs & Ice Cold Beer Now that we’re in the middle of soft shell crab season we should be thinking about frying up a few of these fabulous crustaceans. The soft shell crab is one of the South’s greatest contributions to American cuisine. Soft shells are a […]

Porcine Perfection

Let’s Eat by Charles Oppman Porcine Perfection With Fathers’ Day just around the corner many families are wondering what they can do for dad to make his special day a memorable one. No, you can’t just give him a card and be done with it. And cutting the lawn for him isn’t good enough either. […]

Easter Lamb….Shanks!

By Charles Oppman Easter Lamb….Shanks! With Easter around the corner it’s time to break out the lamb recipes. When we think spring lamb, most of think of that boneless roast or a bone-in leg, but let’s try something different. Of course, French cut lamb shops are wonderful, but expensive and are short on flavor. Why […]

Irish Stew

Let’s Eat by Charles Oppman Irish Stew Since St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, I thought it would be appropriate to suggest that quintessential Irish dish―Irish Stew. There isn’t just one recipe for Irish stew (Irish: stobhach or stobhach Gaelach). Recipes can vary from home to home or region to region, but all are agreed […]

Valentine’s Day Is for “Chocolate” Lovers!

By Judy Eichner Valentine’s Day Is for “Chocolate” Lovers! Valentine’s Day is observed by many people, in many countries, in a variety of ways.  According to a recent poll, chocolate, in any form, is the preferred gift of both recipient and sender when commemorating this holiday. A long time ago someone said “chocolate is the […]