If a survey were taken to determine the favorite dessert flavor, there is no doubt in my mind that chocolate would be at the top of the list. I believe that a wonderful chocolate dessert on Mother’s Day would be the perfect gift.

More than any other wine, Champagne is associated with festive celebrations. It is difficult to imagine, in these days of global warming, that true Champagne’s existence is due to happenstance, thanks to a mini ice age in the 1600s.

When I was growing up, we didn't get many sweets during the year — but at Christmas time, there was a table just for homemade candies. Personally, when I was young, I would rather have had candy than cake or pie as my dessert.

I have always been seduced by beautiful barware. When most children made beelines for toy departments, I loved strolling the glassware departments of Birmingham department stores — especially Loveman’s, which had a glass engraver that affixed one’s monogram to a myriad of old fashioned, mart…

Meatballs, whether served over spaghetti or as an appetizer at some of the upcoming holiday parties, are sure to get compliments when you add a special creative touch.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, in case that fact has slipped anyone’s notice. Whether host or hostee for a Thanksgiving soiree, it is not too late to select a wine for the hungry masses or a little gem for a special host thank-you.

Fall is the time of the year when we start searching for ways to use pumpkin. There’s always pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread. Both of these would be great to serve during the holidays. While researching pumpkin, I couldn't help but think that surely there must be some new ideas that will boost…

Last week, Americans celebrated our national holiday marking the anniversary of our declaration of independence. Next week, on July 14, the French will celebrate their national holiday, Bastille Day, in much the same manner we have just celebrated ours, with speeches, parades and fireworks.

On March 17, people of Irish descent or those who want to act Irish for one day gather to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday commemorating the death of the English-born patron saint of Ireland.

Even before Christmas markdowns, heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, funny or sentimental cards, red and pink flowers, sexy lingerie and jewelry were harbingers of Valentine’s Day, a time of significant expectations and dashed hopes.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are now behind us and, in the ideal world, stockings are hung by the chimney with care and children are nestled all snug in their beds. Perhaps right about now adults are in need of a mid-holiday respite.

Perhaps by now you have heard about Joe Lentini, the New Jersey man who ordered, allegedly by accident, a bottle of one of the world’s priciest wines at Bobby Flay Steak in the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City.

Biscotti are the crunchy, gently sweetened Tuscan cookies Italians like to dunk in wine. In Italy, the word "biscotti" refers to any kind of cookie, but once it made the voyage across the sea, "biscotti" came to describe long, twice-baked cookie (bis, meaning "twice"; cotto, meaning "cooked"…

In the not too distant past, vile bottles of Chianti wrapped in straw baskets were Americans’ only exposure to Italian wine. Chianti empties were highly prized by would-be Italian restaurants as decorative candleholders or adornment hung amidst the plastic grapes and vines draping the ceilings.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, a box of chocolates might not be the best choice for those recovering from shock after viewing the numbers on bathroom scales with disbelief. Americans spent an approximate $1.6 billion on chocolate last year and another $17 billion on Valentine accoutrement. F…