Beat Holiday Stress with Platters of Goodness

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “I think it is more important to have fun and spend time with my guests at parties.” The Barefoot Contessa The festive party season has officially begun. Lovely parties decked out in garlands of cedar and holly berries, beckon to us. Twinkling lights, laughter and rich holiday foods grace […]

read more

Healthy baking tips to make the season merry

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet December is bake till you pop month. We all know this. Visions of sugar cookies begin to dance in our heads and brainwash us into baking not just two dozen of them, but 6 or 10 dozen of them to spread the cheer. (Or the waist lines.) In my […]

read more

Tis the season to cook turkey

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   It’s turkey season! I just love turkey. It is such a delicious healthy meat that is inexpensive, low in fat and high in protein. Turkey is an excellent source of phosphorus and B6, and a good source of zinc and B12.  I think the only bad thing about […]

read more

Pumpkin: The true Fairy Godmother

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Her godmother scooped out all the inside of it, leaving nothing but the rind. Then she struck it with her wand, and the pumpkin was instantly turned into a fine gilded coach.” Charles Perrault I love the change of the seasons!  It is a new opportunity to fall in […]

read more

A New Twist on Sweet Potatoes

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   “Thanksgiving was never meant to be shut up in a single day.”  ~Robert Caspar Lintner Here is an historical twist; there were no sweet potatoes at the first Thanksgiving in 1621. Nope, none at all. There isn’t any evidence of this South American native being cultivated in North […]

read more

Potatoes, an old foe made friendly

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet   Potatoes, the Ultimate comfort food. In fact the Latin word for potato is Solanum tuberosum, and solanum is derived from a word that means “soothing.” It is truly divine that this comfort food is also good for you. The only thing bad about potatoes is what we do […]

read more

Cranberries; the little berry that could!

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “The Indians and English use them much, boyling them with Sugar for Sauce to eat with their Meat, and it is a delicious sauce.” John Josselyn, while visiting New England in 1663   Cranberries are the sparkling, ruby jewels in the crown of the Holiday season. Their bright scarlet […]

read more

Heeding the call of the cabbage

by Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet Cabbages are an interesting veggie for me. I’m seduced by them, can’t keep my hands off them, but often they sit in the fridge unattended. I finally dig them out and do something with them when they give me enough guilty looks every time I open the fridge. Fortunately […]

read more

Doing scary things to your food for Halloween

By Dana Zia, The Golightly Gourmet “Where there is no imagination there is no Horror.” Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr. I just love everything about Halloween!  It has a long and scary history; being it is one of few of the ancient holidays that has survived to today.  The pumpkins are so beautiful and orange, burning […]

read more
Showing 221 to 230 of 289 results