Mary Margaret Chappell


Simple Sautés

Sautéing foods is the French equivalent of stir-frying - it's a basic technique for quick, easy cooking. You just fast-stir small pieces of food in a little oil over moderately high heat, something all cooks do without thinking, "Oh, I'm sautéing!"


Away from home for holidays

Given all the shopping lists, social obligations and decorating demands that fill the holidays, a spa getaway is probably the last thing on your mind. You might want to make it first. A mid-season day of self-pampering, a post-holiday week of recharging or even a long weekend during the peak festivities—at a veg-friendly resort spa with friends/family along and the cooking and decorating done for you—could make this year unlike any other.