Record-breaking cold has blasted not only the mid-west, but a good portion of the country over the last week with temps falling 50-60 degrees below zero. Plus add a gusty wind and the air now feels like negative 60-70 degrees. Here in the mid-Atlantic we’ve been exposed to temperatures in the single digits to which my oldest brother who lives in Chicago stated this was considered heat wave.

The polar vortex and global warming are definitely issues for us to think about, and topics I must research to understand fully.

My dearest friend Quy bundled up against the cold at the Mosaic Center in Falls Church, and a photo of the frozen trees in our yard at Heath.

Veggie soup with a fabulous homemade beef broth was made to keep the family warm. I combined broth, tomatoes, red beans, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, red cabbage with thyme, oregano, rosemary, and peppercorns. All ingredients were placed in pot to be slow cooked for the day.

Further reading:
National Weather Service
The science behind the polar vortex

Stay warm and comfortable,

Favorites from Europe


A photo of the Parthenon from the Temple of Apollo Patroos.
An Italian trifecta ……the Colosseum, Capitoline Hill and the Roman Forum.

After reviewing notes from our recent trip to Europe I found we were going back to restaurants to try dishes that each of us had tasted during previous visits. In Rome we went to Ciao Bella on the Via Veneto twice to enjoy their “spaghetti ragu Bolognese, zuppa cipollini {onion soup} and marinated beef strips with rocket, lemon and olive oil.

While in Athens our new favorite spot is the Acropolis Museum Restaurant located at the bottom of the Acropolis. The restaurant updates their menu based on seasonal produce and prepares dishes in the traditional methods. We tried the cabbage salad with raisins, figs, orange and a citrus fruit vinaigrette; the beef casserole with onions was absolutely delicious, a dish to make on busy week nights, and for dessert the chocolate pie severed with vanilla ice cream.

When in Greece check out the Museum of Cycladic Art, and the National Archaeological Museum along with the usual sites of the city.

I am continuing to review information from the trip and want to make each of the dishes we tried in Rome and Athens. I cannot wait for a snow day to lock myself in the kitchen to recreate the taste of these exquisite dishes.

Travel stylishly,