Mushroom Soup with Chestnuts & Apple

The first time I ever witnessed someone actually swoon over food was at Pino Posteraro’s “Cioppino’s”. On the other side of sixty, she had walked in wearing a swanky denim pantsuit, with a blond flip of a hairdo. She sat talking with her friends as they poured over the menu, just as we were, one…

Peruvian Potato Salad

A friend and I used to provide picnics in our valley. We mowed a small area, set up table and chairs, and laid the table with linens, tableware and flowers.  Guests were asked if they wanted cows present or not.  Almost all asked for them to be around.  We catered for romantic couples, to large…