Brunch takes a twist with Eppa Sangria


I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Eppa SupraFruta Sangria. I received product samples to facilitate to my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating Sunday brunch is a tradition around the mansion. It’s usually Florentine omelets, toast, and a sparkling flute of mimosa. It sounds […]

Butch, Sundance, and my morning coffee

Cross Country Sundance

It’s been a mere three days since I’ve returned home from the Sundance Film Festival and I’m already missing the laid back Park City style. Walking down the street, sitting down at restaurant, or stopping in to hear some good music at one of the brand lounges, you’ll never know who you’ll run into. Celebs, […]

Chef Avi reveals his cooking secrets


My favorite chef in the White Mountains is at it again, only this time he’s teaching YOU how to re-create some of those fabulous Stonehurst Manor dishes yourself. Hmmm….with these recipes maybe even I can create his classics at the mansion. If you’d like to try Chef Avi’s OWN cooking, head over to the Stonehurst […]

I’ve gone to the birds


There are two of us at the mansion…Mr. S and ME. Of course there are also the  bi-weekly visits from Ben, and Clem under foot. So, WHY oh WHY did I agree to accept 40 pounds of boneless skinless chicken breast for a review from Zaycon Foods? After spending 3 hours splitting and re-wrapping the […]

It’s all about family at Buca di Beppo


I spent this weekend on another one of my island getaways – in MANHATTAN. That’s right one of my favorite quick city getaways, on the island of Manhattan, enjoying Central Park, Century 21, Le Parker Meridien, etc. When I travel, even if it’s one of my “regular” spots, I love trying out the local scene. […]

Recipe: Asparagus Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart

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Asparagus Tomato & Goat Cheese Tart (Serves 6) Ingredients Pastry Dough 1¼ cups unbleached all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar ½ cup (1-stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 8 pieces ½ teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Lemon Extract 3-4 tablespoons cold water Tart Filling  1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 1 shallot, finely chopped ⅓ cup […]

Udi’s in the kitchen with Zippy….

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Oh my, you don’t KNOW what you’re in for. This girl knows the BEST restaurants, which places do takeout extraordinaire, and married a man who owned restaurants. What was Udi’s Gluten Free Bread thinking when they challenged me? Have they SEEN me in the kitchen? Have they heard the smoke detector go off? Don’t they […]

88 degrees tomorrow ~ ice tea time

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Whatever happened to SPRING? It’s mid-April and tomorrow we’re looking at 88° here in Florida. Time for sandals, air conditioning and iced tea! Now, I have to admit that I’m not much of a sweet tea drinker. Maybe it’s because my “roots” are lodged somewhere between New England and Paris. Instead I remember summers with […]