Food & Drink

Food beat

More than 100 food lovers gathered at the famous club to enjoy a selection of fine foods from the Hudson Valley. Chef David...

My first venture into slow cooking was a huge success. Pork chops can be tough and dry. Instead these were "fall off the bone" tender, moist and full of flavor. 

Pardon the pun, but I was very slow to adapt to this method of cooking. As my readers will know, I love braising and never saw a reason to stretch the timing out from 2–3 hours to 5–8. I have finally seen the light. It is not a matter of time but of freedom. Once the ingredients are in...

Kitchen Essential

I am not saying it is the best—because I really do not know—but I bought this KitchenAid 6-Quart Slow Cooker with glass lid. It has four temperatures: warm, slow, medium, and high. It has 24-hour programmability on the digital display, so it is easy to start...

by Rona Boyer
I have confessed to a number of people that as healthy and as fashionable as it is, I simply do not like the taste of kale. And much to my surprise, almost every one of them agreed. If the vegetable is braised with apples and bacon, to mask the taste,  I can eat it. But served plain—I gag. The truth of the matter is that green leafy vegetables are just too rich in health benefits to ignore, so I am in...
by Rona Boyer
My father-in-law loved this dish, but my mother-in-law (the formidable Loulou) could not eat cooked peppers, so she never chose to make it. Embarrassed to ask her to make something she would not eat, he just went shopping, bought all of the ingredients and left them on the kitchen table for her to get the hint. We were happy he did, because the rest of us loved the chicken infused with peppers, onions, tomatoes and garlic cooked until near melting. 
by Rona Boyer
It is a worthy initiative when those of us who are lucky enough to enjoy great food and wines can partake in our pleasures while supporting the less fortunate. The South African Braai co-sponsored by Pine Plains Fine Wines and Spirits and Wines of South Africa, raised more than $17,000 to fund the Pine Plains Community Food Locker and provide funds for the initiation of a BackPack Program in conjunction...