September can be a challenging month. Re-acclimating to school and schedules and racing around to achieve various deliverables all while sleep deprived and being pulled in a 1,000 different directions. Remarkably it all gets done, but sometimes your body talks back and the common cold can quickly smite you down. This recipe saved the day…Continue Reading

So here’s a question… What if (thank goodness this is only a WHAT IF?) What if you had to choose just one celebrity chef to use as your ONE resource for ALL of your recipes?  Tricky right?  We are so lucky to have so many talented people’s recipes just a click away on our countertops. But, I think if I had to choose just ONE person to follow it would have to be…Continue Reading

Back in June I ran into a friend on the corner of 85th and Lexington.  After some chatting she let me know she was going in for oral surgery, and for the three following weeks would be on a LIQUID ONLY diet!!  My first thought was to get her a handsome supply of gift certificates to one of the gazillion juice places in NYC.  My second thought!?  Ask Abigail…Continue Reading

When you come to our house for a meal this time of year, there are certain staples that are guaranteed to be part of the menu: zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers. Thank my green thumb husband for growing this produce literally at our fingertips in his gentlemen’s garden next to our home.  But what do you do with all that zucchini? Make this Simple Summer Side…Continue Reading

Gonna kick this post off with two words: you’re welcome.  You’re welcome for introducing you to your new go to group salad. You’re welcome for the opportunity to be the star of your next potluck show. You’re welcome for connecting ​you to a salad that is easy to make, can be made in advance and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser…Continue Reading

As we navigate the season of  “who to give what”, I thought I’d chime in and give a plug for giving the gift of an experience.  I was reminded recently of how much I love giving and, in this situation, getting the “experience” gift.  Experience gifts, if done well, are the PERFECT gift.  They are thoughtful, meaningful and the ideal way to create a memory with a friend or family member.  The challenge is in pulling it off… Continue Reading

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary with a trip to Cedar Lakes Estates, a rustic romantic retreat in the Hudson River Valley. I had been casting about for what had been concocted in my mind as the ideal getaway. My criteria included: under 2 hours of drive time from NYC, a freestanding unit with a beautiful view, a heady dose of nature, and a fun vibe.  Cedar Lakes Estate checked every box on my list and then some. One day, I’d love to go back with a larger group. Read on to find out why…Continue Reading

As a person who likes to grab her group and go, it should not be surprising to learn that I am a GIANT fan of the destination wedding.  The destination wedding is the ULTIMATE expression of grabbing one’s group and going.  This post is about the destination wedding we attended in Paros, Greece last summer and the amazing experience we had on the island. If you are interested in traveling to Greece, you should read this…Continue Reading