Are Allergies the New Fad Diet?

Feb 28

Are allergies the new fad diet? This isn’t as easy an answer as it should be. In fact, I think the answer is both yes and no. In the 9 years that we have been innkeeping/running a restaurant, we have noticed a significant increase in the number of dietary restrictions that we get from future […]

Jack Of All Trades: The Many Jobs of an Innkeeper

Jan 10

2014 has begun for us here at the Chestnut Street Inn with a myriad of projects, about 3 pages single space to be exact. As we have been plugging away at these projects it dawned on me that to say that you are an “innkeeper” by trade is perhaps an over simplification. The actual job […]

Paprika: Not Just A Garnish For Deviled Eggs

Jun 25

I use a LOT of paprika in my cooking. I am Hungarian and grew up with a grandmother who cooked classic Hungarian fare so that may have something to do with it. It always surprises my cooking class students that paprika has a flavor because they are accustomed to the brown stuff in the Schilling […]

Women Chefs: Inequality in the Kitchen

Apr 9

Much as been made about women’s equality of late, including equal pay for equal work. In a society that has supposedly made great strides in gender equality, there remains a lot of work to be done in truly insuring said equality. One of the areas that seems to be highly reflective of this gender inequality […]

Tyranny Or Just a New Business Model?

Jan 12

When Jeff and I lived in Las Vegas, one of our favorite forms of entertainment on a night off was to go to a high end restaurant, ask for the chef’s taster menu and not even look at the menu. We’d spend hours there, enjoying whatever it was they put in front of us, experiencing […]

Happy 100th Birthday Julia: A Loving Tribute

Jul 22

This August 15 would have marked the 100th birthday of the late great Julia Child. Around the country restaurants and individuals alike are celebrating the life and legacy of this great woman. She was more than just the woman who taught us to cook French food. Her greater achievement perhaps was the reintroduction of the […]


Jun 6

One of the things I find most exciting about being a chef is when I am inspired to create something out of the blue. Sometimes it is a random thought or something I read that sparks the inspiration, but often it is a result of a need to create something to accommodate a dietary restriction. […]

The Problem with Next Food Network Star

May 29

Many of you are going to look at the title of this blog and think, ok, sour grapes. Quit whining. While there is some truth to that, I think I can back up my stance pretty easily. It’s no secret that I’ve been yearning to have my own show on any tv network focusing on […]

Spinach: It Isn’t Just for Popeye

Mar 26

Today is National Spinach Day so I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite spinach recipes. Spinach isn’t just good for you, it is delicious. I happen to love it both raw and cooked. The key with cooking spinach is to always add just a hint of freshly grated nutmeg. It adds a bit […]

Messing Around

Mar 17

I am often asked by guests staying or dining with us if specific recipes are in my cookbook and often my answer is “kind of.” Not a good answer I suppose but an honest one. I view recipes as guidelines that can be deviated from and played with. So I usually get a basic recipe […]