recipes

Posh Plates: Comfort Food At Home And Away

By Diana Laskaris

 

tips, tastes and myth-busting: st. patrick's day revealed

Saint Patrick's Day is widely celebrated around the world each year on March 17th.  Named after St. Patrick, the popular patron saint of Ireland and originally a Catholic holiday and official feast day in honor of St. Patrick's death, the day has come to be recognized as a secular celebration of Irish culture. Everyone is just a little Irish on St. Patrick's Day.

Saint Patrick Himself

guide to mardi gras fun

recipes for romance

While tomes have been written about the aphrodisiac qualities of oysters and tiger claws and you name it, we believe that  romance more often results from the love, thought and effort that is put into food preparation than the magical qualities of the ingredients themselves. And, because we're such romantics ourselves, we know that something magical can happen when the right ingredients (not just the food ones) are brought together for  a special occasion.

Super Bowl Snacks from Around the World

Well, it's that time again. Super Bowl makes its way to millions of televisions in living rooms, sports bars and man caves across America and even around the world. While some can't wait for the Super Bowl football game and others love the Super Bowl advertisements, we're big fans of Super Bowl snacks, the wonderful host of tidbits that many people bring on the big day. No matter what team you like or whether you care much for the game at all, there's something special about Super Bowl snacks that makes the day memorable.

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Cooking Classes: Bringing Home the flavors of your vacation

We all like to bring home souvenirs from the places we visit--bottles of wine from Bordeaux, emeralds from Rio, cutting-edge electronics from Tokyo. As a food-lover, my favorite souvenirs are foodstuffs from my travels. Unfortunately, many edibles from abroad aren't welcome when you return to your home country.

Thanksgiving from Diana's Kitchen

It's that time again. Time for us to gather around the table with family and friends and eat the tasty treats that go along with our Thanksgiving dinner. I have to confess that as someone who likes cooking for large groups, I enjoy preparing all kinds of "once a year" (or maybe two or three times a year for some of the more versatile dishes) dishes that everyone looks forward to around this time. I am so thankful for all the wonderful people in my life, their health and happiness, that the entire process of cooking a meal for them to celebrate how grateful we all are is pure joy for me.

the pleasures of pairing wine & food

Many of us, it goes without saying, love to experience delicious meals. Others savor the intricacies of delectable wine. And, there's a wonderful pleasure to be had by combining the two into magical combinations that enhance each other and bring your culinary experience to a higher level. But some feel that wine and food pairing is an intimidating task. We want to dispel that thought.

the how and why of trick or treat

Whether you have little hobgoblins that like to dress up and visit the neighbors on Halloween night or you like to celebrate yourself with costume and fun, you likely know that Halloween has become huge. This year Americans are expected to spend some $6 billion (yes, that's billion with a "B") on costumes, candy and decorations - second only to holiday spending on Christmas. And while Halloween, the holiday we know today has carved out its own identity, the traditions that make their way into it have existed since ancient times.

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