From Favorite Foods to Favorite Gifts in Five Easy Steps

Does the mere mention of chocolate start your mouth watering?   Do artisanal jams and jellies make your morning toast sing with delight?   The foodstuff of my affection is coconut. Whether toasted, shredded, or enrobed in chocolate, I swoon over all things coconut.  Give me a sweet treat and I will thank you.  Give me […]

Here’s What to Get the Person Who Has Everything

A friend said she needed to get a birthday gift for someone and didn’t have a clue where to start because the person had “everything”—fancy house; sports car; a wine collection to make a connoisseur weep. Making matters worse, my friend is someone with limited financial means and felt there was no way she could […]

A Gift Guaranteed to Move Your Loved One to Tears

I never thought Kleenex could MAKE me cry, but they did. One of my dearest friends recently moved out of the country for an extended period of time. She and her family had been planning this adventure for a while, and their romantic notion of living abroad and experiencing another culture was nearly thwarted by […]

Farewell Gifts for Jon Stewart…or YOUR Special Someone

Tonight, the man I have gone to bed with for many, many years, is leaving.   He’s not just leaving me, he’s leaving behind millions and millions of loyal viewers of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show who tuned in nightly to hear his brilliant analysis of the day’s events, delivered with equal doses of comedy, irreverence […]

A Luscious Gift Perfect for Any Occasion: Homemade Caramel Sauce

Homemade caramel sauce, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love you because you are the perfect gift for any occasion and pretty much anyone on my list. I love you because you are decadent and luscious and a delicious splurge that is worth every single calorie. I love you because […]

A Great Gift Idea for Any Season: The French Toast Lady Shares a Family Tradition

Recently, my children nicknamed a colleague of my husband’s ‘The French Toast Lady.’ ‘The French Toast Lady’ (aka Michele Lee) was born out of one the most thoughtful gifts we’ve ever received. For Christmas, Michelle gave my husband a loaf of cinnamon bread, a bottle of maple syrup and a tin of hot chocolate. On […]