Summer Fruits: Peaches and Watermelon

.  The thermometer almost made it to 100 today. Officially, it may be four weeks to the calendar’s start of summer, but in the Catskills it is already here. Over the next few months, I’ll be posting blogs on summer dishes. And this summer, I want to emphasize two...

Brian’s Pomegranate Sangria

If I had to move to another country, Spain would top my list. I love the little dishes called tapas that let you sample an endless range of flavors. Instead of a standard 3-course meal, you can have five or six or more small plates of food. With friends, you can easy...
Meringue Snakes

Meringue Snakes

I have never eaten snake. I did do alligator once, near Disneyworld. No, it did not taste like chicken, unless you’ve had chicken that was rubbery, tasteless, and made you aware of every inch of your intestinal track. When alligator is featured at a 3-star Paris...

Brian’s Lemon Juice Mint Mojito

It’s amazing what a couple of weeks of sun, showers, and non-freezing temperatures can do for mint. Suzen shrieks, “It’s a weed. We have to cut it back before it takes over the garden.” I reply, “How many drinks can we make?” I really think I have perfected the...
Chocolate Mice for a Birthday Party Treat

Chocolate Mice for a Birthday Party Treat

The world of children’s birthday parties has changed. Your memories of one table with some balloons, a cake, and ice cream are antiquated. Now, the parties have become a production. An industry. And if you are throwing a party for your child — or in our case helping...