Baking: Best Brownie Pan, Ever.

“I hate brownies,” said no one ever. Who could not like a chocolatey, cakey square with a warm, slightly gooey center? Especially with a generous scoop of ice cream on top? Voldemort, probably. And Sauron. The Emperor wouldn’t touch it, I’m sure. The one thing I do hate about brownies is the slicing part. Usually…

Wine: JM Cellars

“Wine improves with age. The older I get, the better I like it.” ― Anonymous Although we live no more than six minutes from Woodinville Wine Country, we have only joined a wine club recently. My friend Wes likes to say, “Don’t commit!” But we bit the bullet this past spring during a wine tasting trip…

Dine Out: Poppy

My husband and I had dinner at Poppy last weekend, and we were so glad we finally made it there; it’s been on our “to do” list for awhile. I love the name “Poppy”—it just conjures such a sunny, light feeling, don’t you think? Poppy the restaurant, however, conjures something more gastronomically pleasing. You walk…

Dine In: Sole Meunière

Leave it to the damn French to turn something relatively healthy into something cooked in butter and sauced with even more butter. But oh so délicieuse. The days leading up to the house getting cleaned, I will usually make the really messy stuff. The kind of cooking that turns my stovetop into one fit for a…

Dine Out: Lupa Osteria Romana

I finally got my butt to Lupa, one of my husband’s go-to restaurants in New York City. It’s a Mario Batali establishment; I’ve heard it is his favorite. It’s a casual and cozy Roman-style trattoria that puts food above everything else. Choosing a bottle of wine was a major undertaking, as the wine list is practically a…