Nothing reminds me more of the colder months than roasted root vegetables. My grandmother used to have a dirt-floored room in the basement that she used solely for the storage of these vegetables. My sisters and brothers and I called it the root cellar. Root vegetables are naturally suited for long storage and, once the temperature starts to drop, there’s nothing better than carting them up to the kitchen for cooking. The aroma of these tasty gems while roasting is mouth-watering. These vegetables are fresh and available in…

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…

We have the honor of being the exclusive caterer at the 2013 Taste of the Nation VIP Reception at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport.  The event benefits a number of different charities including The Good Shepherd Food Bank, Opportunity Alliance, Cultivating Community, as well as Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign. One of the dishes that we are serving is a Seared Duck Breast with a Fresh Cherry Barbeque Sauce.  This sauce would go great with any poultry – serve it at your next summer barbeque or…

This holiday season, try something new by enjoying the traditional celebratory drinks of old. In addition to the tasty flavors of each beverage, if you read on you’ll also learn some interesting history about the creation and purpose of each drink. From mulled wine to hot buttered rum to egg nog, each libation has its own unique story. While we may not mix and serve these drinks exactly as they were several centuries ago, we can wholly enjoy their modern interpretations. Each was meant to be taken as…