Daddy’s Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a comfort food that reminds me of my daddy. It’s his favorite meal, and as a bachelor he learned to perfect it. Daddy likes fried chicken so much that his friends nicknamed him “Yardbird.” Here’s how to make Daddy’s famous fried chicken: What you will need: A large skillet or Dutch oven 2…read more

Saint Germain in Sag Harbor with Larry Morse & the L’Agneau Family

BIG fun Champagne tasting in Sag Harbor with Larry Morse and the Lagneaus, makers of Paul Etienne Saint Germain Champagnes. Fun fact: All of the PSEG Champagnes are made from either Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or a blend of the two. No Pinot Meunier is ever included in the blend. This leads to a premium product…read more

Black & Kind of Blue: Send Your Teen to College in Style

It’s back-to-school season, and I see many of my friends posting photos on social media about dropping their teens off at college. Sending a child to school away from home can bring on a flurry of mixed emotions. I know this firsthand, because I’m about to send my first-born daughter away in a couple of…read more

Summer Breeze Gift Basket

The relatively carefree days of summer are about to end. That doesn’t mean we can’t squeeze every ounce of joy out of what’s remaining of this balmy season. August is the month when work slows down and we travel to visit family and friends, take the time to enjoy sunsets and inhale the whispering fragrance…read more

Jamaican Joy

Made a Caribbean dinner of jerk chicken, rice and peas and a shaved Brussels sprouts salad tonight. I marinated the chicken in Walkerswood jerk marinade, before grilling it in a cast iron grill pan and finishing it off in a 250 degree oven to ensure it was cooked all the way through but not dried out. The shaved…read more

California Livin’ with Uptown Magazine & McBride Sisters

Good seeing Andrea and Robin, The McBride Sisters, and their uncle who reunited them after years of being separated and living on opposite sides of the world. This picture was taken at their #WhatSheSaid wine tasting event in NYC yesterday at the W Hotel in TImes Square. They’ve added a few wines to their portfolio since…read more

Summertime and the Living is Easy

A Summer Living Recipe and Wine Pick Those of you who know me well know how much I love music. I frequently speak in musical metaphors. I also love to cook and put my own spin on traditional recipes. I call this dish “Hot Buttered Soul,” as a tribute to Isaac Hayes Some time ago, I…read more

How to Shuck Oysters on the Half Shell at Home

I love oysters, and one of my favorite summer snacks is oysters on the half shell with a crisp, “minerally” white wine like Muscadet, Dry Riesling, Sancerre or Gruner Veltliner If you enjoy oysters on the half shell or just like to use the freshest most flavorful oysters possible for your fried oysters or other cooked…read more

Blackberry Lemonade

The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice… Whoever first said this was really onto something. It’s true that the deeper colored foods tend to have more flavor and nutritional value. Think of sweet potatoes versus white potatoes, brown rice versus white rice and dark leafy greens like collards and kale, compared to iceberg lettuce.…read more

Chrissy Teigen’s Spicy Clams and Pasta

Although I have been making this dish for years, this is the best recipe I have run across to date. It is really flavorful, unlike some versions that have too much or too little sauce, and has the right proportions of everything, especially the pepper! You can substitute Littleneck clams for the Manila clams; because…read more