August 27, 2014

A Lesson in Trimming Donkey Hooves

It is such a joy to own 3 very cute and happy Sicilian donkeys. As with the ownership of any animal, one must be aware of any special needs that are specific to the animal.  In the case of donkeys, one such concern is the proper monitoring and maintenance of their hooves. Hooves, like human finger and toe nails are constantly growing. However, in the case of donkeys, their hooves supports the entire weight of the body. If left unmaintained, they will get too long, creating an uneven stride. Hooves can also crack and cause severe soreness and even lameness! It is therefore vital that they are regularly and properly maintained.

Hooves should be trimmed approximately every 6 to 8 weeks. Me and my stable manager, Betsy Perreten, saw that it was time for a trimming, so we called in the farrier, Linda Friedman. How did the session go? View the photo gallery below where my precious Clive's session is featured!  Don’t forget to leave a comment!

August 26, 2014

A Visit To Eataly Chicago

I recently took a trip to The Home Depot's regional office in Chicago to talk to the kitchen designer associates about my new Quartz countertops and cabinet doors. It was a very fun and productive trip! I will be sharing more of it with you as Kitchen Week approaches. During the visit, I found some time to visit the Chicago based version of one of my favorite New York eateries - Eataly!

The lovely General Manager of Eataly, Raffaele Piarulli, was kind enough to give us a tour of the space. Within Eataly Chicago, there are 10 different eat-in restaurants and over 5,000 Italian products. At the end of the tour, we enjoyed a slice of the delicious foccacia with passata di pomodori pelati and house made mozzarella. If you're in the Chicago, Illinois area, visit this amazing Italian eatery and market place! Also, see their Facebook page for the the latest trends and events! Enjoy the photo gallery of our visit.

August 25, 2014

One Pot Meals - A Great Concept And A New Cookbook Release!

I’m so excited to announce the upcoming release of my new One Pot cookbook!  Do you find that, at the end of a busy day, you want to serve your family a delicious, complete home-cooked meal, but are overwhelmed with the thought of preparing it and then dealing with the cleanup afterward? My new book teaches how, with just one pan, you can stew, steam, sauté, simmer, braise or roast your way to a healthy, delicious, fuss-free meal in minimal time with very little cleanup! This indispensable volume contains more than 120 delicious, practical and sensible one pot recipes, that your family will absolutely love!

Last Thursday I filmed 6 promotional videos for the new book, at my home in Bedford. You will be able to view them on my website this coming September. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter and Facebook to get updates on when the book will be officially released.  You can also pre-order the book here.

The photo gallery below, gives you a glimpse of Thursday’s video shoot in my kitchen and some some of the delicious recipe demonstrations I did. Enjoy it. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so leave a comment as well!