Clifton Inn Chefs in the Garden Dinner Series

Last Monday, the Clifton Inn hosted the second dinner of its Chefs in the Garden series where they invite additional chefs to join head Chef Tucker for a multiple-course dinner in the garden.  Each of the chefs dreams up and creates their own courses.  The most recent dinner featured Chef Joe Sparatta from Heritage (Richmond), Tim … Continue reading

Firenze Files: Experimenting with Fiorentine Food

As I’ve been learning more and more in photography class (such as how to use the camera in a mode other than “Auto,”), I’ve been taking much better pictures of everything from the streets here in Firenze to all the wonderful food here.  Here is a little chronicle of my evening of cooking, including a … Continue reading

Foods from the Past: Salmon Over Salad

Last year, fish topped with pesto was a staple of mine.  I know that makes me quite an abnormal college student, but I loved (and still do!) salmon and trout broiled or baked with a nice smear of pesto on top.  So here is a dinner I made for myself and some friends of pan-seared … Continue reading

Barbecue Exchange

Over my spring break, I got a new motorcycle!  This isn’t directly food-related, but I wanted to share the whole story of visiting Barbecue Exchange, which is a barbecue joint in Gordonsville that my family frequents often on our motorcycles.  We waited for a nice, sunny afternoon, and we set off on our bikes: me … Continue reading

Dinner at Avalon in Richmond

The first weekend of my spring break, I attended a Matchbox 20 concert in Richmond.  I made two earth-shattering discoveries on the night of the concert: the first was that the lead singer, Rob Thomas, of Matchbox 20 is the same person as Rob Thomas, solo artist.  I know it seems like a trivial discovery, … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Series: Autumn Cranberry Salad

Happy very belated Thanksgiving.  Although that particular holiday has passed, I have wonderful pictures and recipes to share from November!  Please excuse lateness of this post and perhaps take ideas for the upcoming Christmas holiday season.  This post will be the first in a short series about the dishes my family served at Thanksgiving, so … Continue reading

Restaurant Review: Black Market Moto Saloon

My latest favorite hangout in Charlottesville is the Black Market Moto Saloon.  It’s designed as a classic, rough biker bar, but it serves surprisingly great food.  My personal favorite is their burger.  They have a number of flavor combinations on the menu, including a burger with pineapple, prosciutto, and aoili in addition to one with … Continue reading

Building a Summer Salad

    It’s hardly summer anymore, and I’m gearing up for baking the pumpkin pies and apple dishes that are so perfect in the fall, but I’m posting a few last recipes from summer.  I wanted to share the beautiful pictures and ingredients before we say goodbye to summer’s bounty and tuck in for the … Continue reading

Grilled, Stuffed Trout in Foil

Summer is grilling season, and having already made hamburgers on the grill this week, I decided to create something slightly different for dinner last night.  My grandparents are in town, and we’re all seafood lovers so I decided to made fish on the grill.  My freezer is full of wonderful rainbow trout from my share … Continue reading

Broiled Salmon with Pesto

Hello all!  It’s been far too long since my last post, but I’m determined to catch up with telling you about all the delicious meals I’ve made this year.  Today, I’m writing about one of my favorite ways to cook salmon.  I love pan-searing it so that the skin gets crispy and delicious, but during … Continue reading