Food & Drink

by Rona Boyer
If you are looking for a family-friendly restaurant with copious portions of home-cooked food, you will now find it on Old Route 22 in Wingdale. But if you are thinking of Friday or Saturday night—better reserve. It was packed when we were there. Owner Joe Ceci greets customers with a welcoming smile, as if we were his personal guests, not paying customers. It must be due to his long and successful...
by Rona Boyer
Let me start by complimenting you on the book. It is very entertaining and filled with humor, recipes and practical advice.  What is your connection to Millbrook? I grew up in Millbrook. I went to Dutchess Day School. My mother, Maris Van Alen still lives here. How did you end up in Charleston? I married Pierre Manigault (since divorced) and moved there in 1994....
by Rona Boyer
Very trendy in great bars and restaurants around the world, the infused ice cube is ready for home use.  It simply consists of freezing herbs, spices, fruits, vegetables, purees or juices with water in your ice cube tray.  Such cubes are a creative addition to cocktails for as they melt they impart more and more of their flavors into the drink.  For example, King & Duke in Atlanta...
by Rona Boyer
I can easily grate cheese (also chocolate and vegetables) and toss the grater into the dishwasher with this handy $10 grater from OXO. Its bi-directional, sharp stainless steel blades makes for fast, easy grating Its soft, comfortable, non-slip grip gives me better control while grating than old fashioned graters
by Rona Boyer
Many cooked endive recipes simply do not work. My French mother-in-law,  Loulou taught me that endives are so full of water that they must be steamed or boiled, allowed to cool and pressed so that the water runs out of them before cooking so as not to create a soupy dish. Here are two recipes- one lean and good tasting,  the other more delicious. Your choice, but this is how we do it:
by Rona Boyer
I have always loved cucumbers and was delighted to learn that in addition to being refreshing and delicious (and low in calories), they have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (like many fruits and vegetables). Moreover, they contain three powerful "lignans" that research indicates can reduce risk of cardiovascular disease and several cancer types (breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate.) So I...
by Rona Boyer
No one can slice as consistently by hand as you can with a mandoline, quickly and easily making paper-thin or thicker slices of cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, apples, pears, and so on. They come in plastic or stainless steel. I have seen prices from $22 to $200, depending upon how many extra functions you want. But if you want to make many of these cucumber recipes easily,...