Hot Sauce Heaven

Jungle Jim’s | Cincinnati, OH

This place was bananas. I’m just going to say that we found several things we’ve been looking for–for years–here. Such as: El Yucateco Hot Sauce Salsa Picante de Chile Habanero – A bright green habanero sauce that Joe has been looking for for as long as I’ve known him. At least six years. You should…

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Possibly the perfect bite.

Skyline Chili | Cincinnati, OH

This was the inspiration for the Cincinnati Chili we made recently. We go to Skyline Chili every time we’re in Cincinnati for delicious and unique fast food. And every time we’ve been, the place has been packed. Anthony Bourdain has said that when traveling you should always go to the place with the long lines. In Cincy, that’s…

Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili

In anticipation of our Thanksgivikkuh trip this year, we recently made Cincinnati Chili. This excellent recipe is courtesy of my sister and brother-in-law. And, isn’t this adorable? For their wedding, they each chose a regional speciality from where they grew up, researched and prepared recipes, then created spice mixes for each and put them in tiny…

Bar Lucca | Conshohocken, PA

We recently went out to dinner with two friends who recommended Bar Lucca in Conshohocken, PA. Overall a terrific night out, great food. The service is tapas style so the food comes out as it is finished, so there might be a traffic jam on the table, but if you are a group that likes…

Merrymead Farm

Merrymead Farm | Lansdale, PA

Merrymead Farms in Lansdale, PA, is such a lovely place to spend an early fall morning. We make it an annual outing with our friends-with-kids and there is genuinely enough going on that kids from two to thirty-two (or more) find something fun to do. This year, we spent most of our time slinging apples…

Turkey Club

Gypsy Saloon | West Conshohocken, PA

Gypsy Saloon is a cozy little restaurant in West Conshohocken, PA. We recently went for brunch with my mother- and sister-in-law. None of us tried their all-inclusive brunch menu–starting at $20.00–which includes unlimited Bloody Mary’s or Mimosas, assorted bread basket and assorted desserts, but only because we were driving. Anytime I see “all-inclusive brunch with mimosas”…

Wolffy's from the boat docks.

Wolffy’s Grill & Marina | Seneca Falls, NY

My family recently bought a boat–a motor boat. Initially, I was against this: stinky motor polluting the pretty lake, expensive dockside gas fill-ups, the hassle of putting it in and taking it out, never-ending requests from the eight-year-old to go tubing… A book on the beach for me, thanks. However, the boat has also given…

Grilled Whole Snapper

Summer Grilling Party

For this great late summer grilling menu, we travelled to Maple Acres Farm and the Lancaster County Farmers Market for all the veggies. We got this gorgeous whole snapper Bywood Seafood Market in Garrett Hill, PA. It’s a treat to have such a great little seafood shop within walking distance. We’ve had nothing but excellent experiences with their…

Piles of tomatoes at Maple Acres Farm

Maple Acres Farm | Plymouth Meeting, PA

I recently went on a dinner scouting trip with two of my favorite people, M and B, to Maple Acres Farm in Plymouth Meeting, PA. We were looking for inspiration and ingredients for the Summer Grilling Party we were planning. We came up all aces. Piles of tomatoes, basket upon basket of zucchini, onions, carrots,…

Lancaster County Farmer’s Market | Wayne, PA

The Lancaster County Farmer’s Market in Wayne, PA, was a revelation to me. In spite of the fact that I love great, fresh food, I regularly drive past this market to go to the Whole Foods down the road in Devon. Why? I think it’s because it’s open odd days and not exactly work-friendly hours.…

Cheese Plate

Abigail Street | Cincinnati, OH

On Friday night, our Cincinnati adventure took us to Abigail Street, a mediterranean small plates restaurant and wine bar, in the Over-the-Rhine district of Cincinnati near the Ensemble Theatre, where we would be watching my sister perform later that night in The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns. We are suckers for tapas and happily shared five plates…