Martina McBride’s New Cookbook ‘Around the Table’ Holiday Cookie Recipes

Martina McBride’s new cookbook Around the Table: Recipes and Inspirations for Gatherings Throughout the Year is filled with entertaining menus and ideas for every occasion. In it, she says “If I weren’t a performer, I think I would love to be a party planner. Every aspect of planning a gathering – coming up with the […]

Chocolate Truffles

A twinkling tree stands above a sea of colorful presents, while a crackling fire and spiced hot apple cider tempt young and old alike. Cakes, cookies, and pies may satisfy the little ones, but these decadent chocolate truffles flavored with rye whiskey, ginger, and vanilla are a perfectly decadent treat for adults. Templeton Rye was […]

Laurent-Perrier Champagne (Series) – Ultra Brut

The widow Mathilde-Emilie Perrier first launched Ultra Brut in 1889, the same year that the Eiffel Tower was completed. For nearly a century Laurent-Perrier was renowned for its ‘Grand Vin Sans Sucre’ or unsweetened wine; champagne in its purest, most natural form. Then in 1981, Bernard de Nonancourt reintroduced Ultra Brut in 1981 made with […]

The AIDS Foundation – My family’s personal story

At the time I was selected as a judge for The AIDS Foundation World of Chocolate event, the great people at the foundation had no idea that AIDS had touched my family and after I told them, they asked if I would share our story. Very few people outside of my family know this because […]

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Annual ‘World of Chocolate’ Gala

I was contacted some months ago by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago inviting me to judge at their ‘World of Chocolate’ event held annually at Chicago’s Union Station. 22 culinarians would compete in three categories for the best chocolate themed dishes. I tasted many, many dishes and though they ranged from sweet to savory to […]

Laurent-Perrier Champagne (Series) – Brut Millésimé 2004 Vintage

Laurent-Perrier’s Brut Millésimé 2004 celebrates one of the finest vintages in recent memory. The resulting wine is a signature house style Brut that captures the unique and rare qualities of that harvest. The label Millésimé is reserved for only the greatest of harvests, and only when the grapes possess unique character is a vintage declared. […]