From VIP entrances in Versace to service entrances in my apron

October 4, 2014

I am the spitting image of my Grandmother Ellie. I definitely inherited her height, free spirit, mild disdain for the conventional, and a tendency towards the outrageous. Grandma was Auntie Mame, Endora, and Gloria Steinem all rolled into one. I adored no one more.

September 20, 2014

Do you struggle to get your kids to eat vegetables? Vegetables can have a strong, pungent flavor young palates may have trouble dealing with, but is that the only reason you have picky eaters on your hands?

How to convert your picky vegetable eaters

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August 16, 2014

Then I remembered Simon and Yasmin LeBon enthusing over Cabo San Lucas when they visited us in Mustique many years ago. It was the one part of Mexico I’d never visited. Even more conveniently, the closest resort area to Los Angeles – just a 2 1/2 hour nonstop flight.

July 23, 2014

What trip to England would have been complete without fish-n- chips? So off I went to Costa’s Fish Restaurant in Notting Hill

April 15, 2014

I woke Saturday to the news that the old Younkers Department Store headquarters in downtown Des Moines had burned to the ground.

March 12, 2014

My ex and I considered Mr. Chow's our dining room away from home where our entire New York posse would dine regularly. Some of the most memorable evenings of my life have taken place at Mr Chow.

February 26, 2014

It got me thinking about all the twists and turns a mother-daughter relationship takes through life – how one minute you’re the authority and caregiver, and then those roles can flip-flop in an instant, and back again.

January 5, 2014

What a thrill for an actress turned cook to meet the actress who plays the cook on Downton Abbey! Mrs. Patmore could probably rival Gordon Ramsey’s television fame these days, since Downton Abbey has won 10 Emmy’s, 2 Golden Globes, and enjoys a wildly successful intern...

November 6, 2013

‘Tis the season for entertaining. With the holidays rapidly approaching, we’re all busy planning for parties, organizing gifts to buy, figuring out travel arrangements … it quickly piles up! So when you’re preparing that perfect holiday dinner for your family the LAST...

August 6, 2013

For the past 17 years there has been one place I’ve known I can escape to. A place where life seems so much less complex. A place filled with happy memories of gathering with family and friends, sailing, fishing, tubing, water skiing (or at least attempts at it), watch...

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