Thursday, March 6, 2014

Swiss Chard with Bacon & Eggs

I confess to having a soft spot for a good old “American Breakfast,” eggs, bacon, and home fries with toast and jam! But I seldom have it because it is so hearty and has a bad reputation…something about not being very healthy. Here is my recommended alternative. It makes a tasty breakfast and is also very satisfying as a light dinner. In place of those artery clogging fried potatoes we’re using chard and garnishing the dish with a little Meyer lemon relish. The bacon, lemon and chard are a perfect match for fresh eggs!

More on Rising Prices and Inflation

Last month I talked about the rising cost of a favorite bottle of French wine. Only six dollars thirty years ago, the same bottle now costs $20. Assuming steady inflation, it could cost over $60 in 2044. I joked that the solution to the inflation problem is not to drink more wine now while it’s cheap. A friend responded, “That made me laugh, until I realized I might not be able to afford it in the future!”

The effects of inflation really hit home when we stop working and expenses increase faster than income. You might ask, how do I “know” inflation will continue in the future. Last month, I cited some statistics on historical inflation. This month, I’d like to examine some of the factors driving inflation.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Inflation: What's the Problem?

Some time ago, I remember being able to find a delicious bottle of French wine for six dollars. Now the same wine, from the same winery, costs $20. Is it really over three times better than it was back then? Obviously not! It is just more expensive. Welcome to inflation. Rising prices erode purchasing power, making us poorer over time. Inflation becomes a huge concern for anyone who is retired or planning for retirement.

Seashell Pasta with Peas & Pancetta

When it comes to food my tendency is to want everything as
fresh as possible and made from scratch. This gets me into a lot of work! I was drawn to make this dish by convenience (ok, I was feeling really lazy.) Walking through Trader Joe’s I spotted a 10-ounce package of shucked English peas. They were consistently sized and not too big. Inspiration was at hand! 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Top 10 Tips for Financial Well-Being

I love lists like this; they almost always include at least one idea worth pursuing. I hope the same will be true for you here. In offering these top ten tips my wish is to help you start the New Year making conscious choices about money and spending in ways that support your values. Money and quality of life are integral to our sense of well-being and our outlook for the future. By aligning your values, goals and actions you take steps today to create a more meaningful life and future, regardless of your financial resources.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tribute to Judy Rodgers

While I didn’t know Judy well, I had the good fortune to work with her for a short time in my early days at Chez Panisse. She was between gigs, and was filling in downstairs. My earliest memory of Judy was that of her asking Paul Bertolli, “So how do you do your ratatouille?” I remember thinking it was a strange question, since ratatouille was such a basic dish – nothing to it – throw some eggplant, zucchini, peppers, onions, etc. into a pan with some basil and garlic. It was the kind of question I’d probably have been afraid to ask for fear of seeming ignorant. But now in hindsight, I see that the question revealed some of the characteristics that made her such a wonderful chef.