I just got back from HOTlanta where I was taking care of my mom for 10 days. It might be hard to believe, but I brought the hot weather back to Maine with me! Yes, the day I returned from the South it was 91 degrees and the next day was 93 degrees… WAY too hot for Scarborough, Maine in mid-May!   All the warm weather got me excited for grilling season, and with Memorial Day right around the corner, I wanted to share with you some of…

salmon, Thanksgiving Alternatives

Since at least the mid-19th century, Thanksgiving has been the turkey holiday. Turkey is a traditional staple at Thanksgiving feasts nationwide, with an average forty-six million turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving Day across the United States. Though turkey is in popular demand, it’s not everyone’s favorite meal. If you’re interested in turkey alternatives for your Thanksgiving meal this year, here are some suggestions: 1. Chicken – If you don’t care for turkey, try chicken this Thanksgiving. You can prepare chicken however you like: roasted, grilled, rotisserie, baked, the list…

Holidays are all about the family, and this year was no exception for our family. This year we gathered at our house. Our daughters Jenny and Beth were here, as well as our son-in law, Anh, and our grandchildren, Chloe and Liam. They all came from Hiawatha, Iowa! The girls and I spent the whole day on Christmas Eve pampering ourselves with manicures at Ann Le’s Nail Bar, hair styling at Salon Paragon, lunch at DiMillo’s, and make-up applications at The Regency Spa. Then we all went home…

When the holidays roll around, what kind of wine will you pair with your impromptu parties and holiday dinners? You need a wine that has wonderful flavor and balance to complement your meal. It cannot be too tannic or acidic. It cannot be too light or too alcoholic. It needs the zip to complement cream and the delicacy to enhance subtle seasonings. It has to have a flavor to stand up to the kinds of complex flavors that comprise our holiday meals. The problem can be vexing, but…

While you are witnessing a number of restaurants serving “small plates” as an option for a meal, you should know that it has been a growing trend for some time in the catering industry. I actually prefer to go out and enjoy a 5-course meal of small plates! I also enjoy them perfectly paired with a beverage—either a glass of wine, champagne, sake, cognac, beer, or spirit—served in a small glass. It seems to me that each perfectly paired beverage with the small plate is designed to POP…

I cannot believe that we are already through the first week of March! I guess it is true that the older you get, the faster time goes and I really believe it! Easter is fast approaching, and it is earlier this year it seems. Growing up in a suburb Chicago with my big family, Easter meant new everything. My 4 sisters and I always got a brand new dress, shoes, hat, and gloves for Easter Sunday morning! Yes, I know, hat and WHITE gloves! AND all the dress…