Ramps: The Fun of Foraging for Your Own Food


Have you ever foraged for your own food? I’ve long had dreams of hunting for truffles deep in the forests of Provence. However, I didn’t foresee that happening in the near future, so I decided to settle for a more local option and went on a “ramp-age” here in northern Westchester.   In case you were […]

Cauliflower Pizza


As a kid, I grew up eating bland, steamed cauliflower with just enough salt to make it barely palatable. And I consumed it solely because my brother and I weren’t excused from dinner until we had finished everything on our plates. Unable to hide the large florets in my dinner napkin or feed them to […]

Chocolate Olive Oil Cake


  Last week, Bob and I got a very nice invitation to have dinner at a friend’s house. She kindly inquired if there was anything we didn’t eat. I told her Bob was allergic to cashews, so unless we were going to have an exciting evening of watching his throat close up, that should probably […]

Salted Dark Chocolate Tart with Pistachios

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Book clubs come in all different shapes and sizes. Some have professionals come in to lead scholarly discussions. Others hardly talk about the book, spending the allotted time chatting with friends about their daily lives and family dramas. Some book clubs meet for breakfast, some for lunch or dinner. Others only share a dessert or […]

The Inspired Chef Gets in the Moment with Espresso, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Bark


The other night I was at a Maroon 5 Concert – Yes, me, Adam Levine, and some 18,000 adoring young female fans. He was just about to belt out one of his pop hits (could have been the chart-topping “Moves Like Jagger” or the ever-popular “This Love”), and then he stopped his performance to take […]

No Name Pasta Salad


UPDATE!!!! The winner of the vote for “No Name Pasta Salad” is: LAURA’S TUSCAN PASTA.   I have a new pasta salad recipe to share with you. The only problem is that it has no name! It all started last month when I was starving and dropped by a local caterer, Tastefully Yours, to pick […]

Cheddar Crackers


There are three things I can always count on when I go away on a girls weekend – and when I say girls I use the term loosely as my friends are all close to or over 50 – there’s going to be a lot of eating, drinking, and laughing! And that’s just what happened […]

Caviar Pie


Caviar…The very word inspires thoughts of five star dining, indulgent extravagance, and mega dollar signs. But have no fear, the Inspired Chef has tracked down a caviar-inspired recipe that’s good enough to serve with champagne and won’t break the bank.  My dear friend Hillary first introduced our circle of friends to caviar pie – made […]