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Jul 14, 2019

2011: Mary Ewing-Mulligan is the co-author (with her husband, Ed McCarthy) of six wine books in the Wine For Dummies series — including French Wine For Dummies and Italian Wine For Dummies — as well as her latest , Wine Style. She has taught hundreds of wine classes  and visited nearly every wine region in the...


Jun 21, 2019

2011: I have made it a policy to almost never comment on a woman’s shape, figure or apparent weight loss or – God forbid – weight gain. It’s a no-win situation. But for two reasons, I’m going to make an exception to that policy today in my interview with Amy Parham. First it’s because she’s written a new...


Sep 9, 2018

When I hear the words  “naughty” and “kitchen” used in the same sentence, I’m reminded of a scene in the Bill Murray movie Stripes where he lifts P.J. Soles up on a kitchen counter and flirts with her using an oversize but common kitchen utensil. Somehow, I’m guessing that’s not exactly what’s in store...


Aug 21, 2018

Some of my favorite travel adventures have centered on New Orleans. The first time I went there was by car with my sister when I was in college. It was the early ‘80s and the city was host to some kind of World’s Fair-like event. Since then I’ve returned for work and pleasure, both before and after Katrina. The...


Aug 19, 2018

If you’ve been watching “Hell’s Kitchen” this season, you had to be scratching your head over the way Chef Lacey managed to avoid elimination week after week. No disrepect to the young lady, but she appeared out of her element from the beginning, both in terms of her cooking skills and her energy level. In a...