Other tales of the pantry

No matter the time of year, it is always good practice to purge your pantry. Who knows what it will inspire for your next meal. Are you

Talking SCHOP! An autumn cleaning

Though recent temperatures suggest an Indian summer, September had me ready to pull out the Crock-Pot, fire up my oven and generally get ready for my favorite hearty food season.

Lemonade: That cool refreshing eatery

Eddie Murphy said it first, and best, when impersonating Elvis in “Delirious,” but the California fast casual eatery chain, Lemonade (@LemonadeLA, www.lemonadela.com), takes “cool” and “refreshing” to a whole new level.

Talking SCHOP! Convertible. Sun. Fun. Friends. It’s LA! Part II

My first visit back to Los Angeles in nearly eight years was proving to be just what the doctor ordered: sun, fun and friends, plus a convertible for added effect.

Magpies: Soft-served in LA

My visit to LA was not primarily about food

Talking SCHOP! Convertible. Sun. Fun. Friends. It’s LA! Part I

When planning the weekend to Austin, Texas, with my crew, I realized I had not been back to Los Angeles in nearly eight years.

Texas barbecue … For real!

Our final day together as five in Austin needed a punctuation, an exclamation point filled with authenticity, beer and lots of cooked meat.

Talking SCHOP! Three days, three nights in Austin Part II

From our first night, Austin was proving to be the food gem my “girls weekend” crew and I thought it would be.

A Forthright brunch

It was a Saturday morning. You can take the women out of the city, but you can’t take the brunch out of the women.

Martha’s Vineyard Beach Eats

The saying “Don’t bring sand to the beach” couldn’t be truer in Martha’s Vineyard.

Happy un-labored day

A very happy and joyful Labor Day Weekend to all! I know it will be filled with familiar foods from the grills, smokers, ovens and stovetops, but I say un-labor yourself with salads.

Talking SCHOP! Fan food fuel in Flushing

The first week of the 2016 US Open (@USOpen) tennis championship is in full swing in Flushing, Queens, and there is plenty to report, not the least of which is the new grandstand and expanded grounds.

More Patti LaBelle desserts coming to Walmart

Patti LaBelle's sweet potato pie was a smash-hit last year for Walmart. Now she's expanding her line to include new desserts

Simple steps to smarter snacking

When hunger strikes, it can be tempting to reach for the closest treat, even if it’s laden with fat and empty calories.

New music series at Grill On The Hill

The Grill On The Hill, located at 1624 Amsterdam Ave. (646-838-8879), is a lot like “Cheers” but with African-Americans, Latinos and a vibrant rainbow tribe.