Outside of Prestonfield House
travel

SCOTTISH SUMMER

Have you ever planned a vacation to avoid the weather at home? After too many broiling summers in Washington, we made a point of choosing a vacation spot that would be cold – even chilly. Rain would be ok too. So we went to Scotland, where it turned out they were having a record heat wave. Sunny and hot every day. It was spectacular; the people and the sights were so energizing that we could hardly mind those 80-degree days. […]

Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits
food

SEEDLIP NON-ALCOHOLIC SPIRITS

Sometimes I’m in the mood for a cocktail, but not the alcohol in the cocktail. Others in the world of spirits must be on the same wavelength because there’s a new product in the UK called Seedlip, non-alcoholic spirits that add a mélange of flavors to tonic, soda, or a light carbonated beverage for a deeply satisfying non-alcoholic cocktail. Seedlip comes in two flavors – Garden and Spice – and it’s turning up in some of the hippest restaurants and […]

Green Peach Salad
food

GREEN PEACH SALAD

Finding a perfectly ripe peach can be a challenge in a modern grocery store. Hard as rocks, almost impossible to slice, these round objects that pass for peaches are often too green to eat. But wait! Food 52’s Genius Recipes has a groundbreaking green peach salad recipe that makes a virtue of even the hardest, most unappealing peaches. It couldn’t be easier, with a half dozen ingredients (including peaches) which you probably already have in your kitchen. Let the salad […]

Chocolate Ginger Squares
food

CHOCOLATE GINGER SQUARES

Two of my very favorite flavors in one cookie-like bar: what could be more delicious (and not entirely unhealthy!) If you have a look at the ingredients in the bar, it’s oatmeal, coconut oil and other healthy things. How healthy you want to make the chocolate topping depends on whether you use chocolate or cacao. I used a bit of both because as much as I know cacao is healthier, the chocolate tastes better to me. That’s the balance I’m […]

Steak Salad
food

STEAK SALAD

It’s satisfying when a really unusual flavor pairing turns out to be even better than you imagined. Steak and fresh cherries? Really? And celery? And yet it works in a savory-sweet-hot combination that will have you scraping your plate. The cherry juice combines with the steak juices in a way that will make you want to sing! The presentation is gorgeous, all reds and browns and bright green. And then there’s the jalapeño, which makes everything just pop! This makes […]