Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon Verbena

I began seeing fresh lemon verbena at the Cooper Young Community Farmer’s Market several weeks ago. This powerfully fragrant herb accents some of my favorite hand soaps, I thought at the market, but I couldn’t figure out what to do with the herb in the kitchen. Intimidated, I put off experimentation until my friend David Siefker offered me some of this pungent herb from his … Continue reading Braised Chicken Thighs with Lemon Verbena

Wine group celebrates 50 tastings

Our wine tasting and dinner group that began meeting semi-monthly in early 2011 gathered over Labor Day weekend to mark our 50th tasting together. Our tasting format is fairly simple. Members volunteer to host the group usually on a Saturday evening. We typically choose around eight wines to pair with food (usually begin with whites and end with bold reds). In our first year together, we … Continue reading Wine group celebrates 50 tastings