Food & Drink

by Rona Boyer
It has long been believed that our "appetite" for lovemaking can be stimulated by certain foods. As Valentine's Day fast approaches I thought it would be interesting to explore the correlation between those foods in question and sex, separating the myths from the science, thus allowing you to best plan your menus for the big day.
by Rona Boyer
Spotlights:   Fantasy Pizza at San Girogio's Trattoria The Chef gave me a new creation to try. It sounded crazy- it was pear and goat cheese pizza. We gave it a try and all three of us loved it (including my very discerning French relatives). If you are ordering pizzas to share and it is on the menu be sure to ask for it. (or maybe if they have the ingredients they...
by Rona Boyer
A romantic dish for two or a fun dish for 4 or 6, chocolate fondue can be tricky if you do not know the simple secrets to its success. It is best served in a ceramic fondue pot, but never cooked in the fondue pot. 
by Rona Boyer
We give much deserved credit to the culinary talents of the French, but it must be recognized that much of the magic of French food and wine is their incomparable "terroir" (the soil, topography, and climate in which a particular food or wine is grown). Certain products flourish in their specific terroir, and the same quality cannot be reproduced elsewhere. Cultivated by traditionalists who refuse to...
by Rona Boyer
Over the holidays Gerard was "dreaming" of this dish. His sister Marie-Josée who has been staying with us, took on the task with glee. She found recipes on her favorite French recipe website (marmiton.org) and attacked the challenge with both talent and vigor. We enjoyed this fabulous dish and will talk about it at future family gatherings. For those who are looking for a culinary challenge and a way to impress your guests: try this one.
by Rona Boyer
I have to admit I really wanted to enjoy my first meal at our new trattoria. And I did.
by Rona Boyer
I caught up with Sheila at her book signing at Merritt Bookstore just before Christmas and asked her a few questions. What kinds of food lover establishments do you cover in the book? Restaurants, gourmet food shops, wine shops, farmers markets, CSAs and farm stands in the Hudson Valley. Do you live here? I live in Milan. It was a weekend house for us when...