Author Archives: Valerie Jarvie

mint julep
Food and Wine

Champagne Mint Juleps for Kentucky Derby Day

Watch the Kentucky Derby coming up May 5 without a mint julep? Fiddle-dee-dee! Taking in the equine thriller nicked named “The Run for the Roses” wouldn’t be the same without the Southern-accented cocktail, but that doesn’t mean it has to be old hat. The famed horse racing event which takes… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • April 29, 2018
Food and Wine

Party on a Plate: Alon Shaya’s Debut Cookbook and Marinated Soft Cheese Recipe

Marinated Soft Cheese with Herbs and Spices — It's just one of the delectable recipes in a new book from James Beard-award winning chef Alon Shaya, the former proprietor of acclaimed New Orleans restaurants Domenica, Pizza Domenica, and the Israeli restaurant Shaya. In 2015 he was named “Best Chef, South” in… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • April 1, 2018
curried sweet potato soup
Food and Wine

Healthyish Curried Sweet Potato Soup

The Curried Sweet Potato Soup shown above reflects the newest diet trend. And what is the latest in "diets"? Rule number one, don't use word "diet" at all! Modern wisdom calls for "healthy-ish" eating—food leaning toward nutrient-packed lean meats, lots of plants, whole grains and wholesome dairy and oils, with… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • February 7, 2018
southern bourbon punch
Food and Wine

Cocktails for a Crowd: Southern Bourbon Punch

Southern bourbon punch: it's not your grandma's frozen lemonade, sherbet and lime soda pop shower staple, that's for sure! If you're entertaining a group and looking for a special cocktail, this spirited punch is an easy option for a crowd. Retro punch bowl service is enjoying a moment. Inspired by… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • December 31, 2017
turkey chili
Food and Wine

Pamela Salzman’s Guilt-Free Chipotle Turkey Chili with Sweet Potato

Cooler weather calls for comfort food, yes,  but that doesn't necessarily mean unhealthy dishes. This turkey chili recipe from cooking blogger and nutrition counselor Pamela Salzman's new book is made with flavorful "whole- food" ingredients that are fresh and nutrition-dense, not processed and laden with chemicals. "Whole-foods" are mostly plant-based. They… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • November 7, 2017
craft chocolate
Food and Wine

Triple Chocolate Chunk Cookies Recipe from a New Guide to Craft Chocolate

Chocolate lovers, rejoice! The chocolate world just keeps getting better with the surge in "craft chocolate" bringing awareness to what a difference quality makes. We have the chocolate cookie recipe from a new book on craft chocolate by Megan Giller to prove it. High-quality chocolate puts this home-baked cookie over… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • September 23, 2017
vegetarian Mexican salad

Nutrition Expert Nancy Addison’s Guilt-free Vegetarian Mexican Salad; Olé!

Before I dive into the delicious recipe for Vegetarian Mexican Salad, I'd like to share a bit of background on the creator. Think vegetarians are wan and sickly? It’s a trite cliché – the health food touter who looks, well – unhealthy. Meet a smart, vivacious woman who shatters that… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • September 3, 2017
Jane Austen
Books and TV

Join the Party Celebrating Jane Austen’s 200th Anniversary

Is Jane Austen the most beloved female author ever? Judging by activities planned around Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary and her ongoing fan following, there's a case to be made --- Two hundred years after her death in 1817, the six major novels penned by Jane Austen during her short life… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • July 16, 2017
Food and Wine

Strawberry Basil Bourbon Cocktail: A Summer Delight

A summer bourbon cocktail? A fine whiskey sips like cognac; bring it on straight as far as some of us are concerned. A few drops of water, a swirl and we're good to go. But for those that prefer a whiskey beverage enhanced with refreshing summer flavors, small batch whiskey maker… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • July 4, 2017
granola bark
Food and Wine

Granola Bark Recipe from the New Cookbook: Tartine All Day

Are you a foodie looking for gluten-free recipes, maybe something for snacking, like granola bark? Rejoice! Elizabeth Prueitt's new cookbook, Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook, is a treasure trove utilizing non-wheat flours to create chef-quality meals at home. The book is not billed as a gluten-free book,… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • May 14, 2017
Joan Nathan
Food and Wine

A Versatile Egg Frittata Recipe from Joan Nathan’s New Cookbook

Eggs - they're just about the most versatile protein on Earth, and cookbook author Joan Nathan kicks off her newest work with a recipe suitable for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, made with a handful of eggs and just about any vegetables you happen to have on hand. But the… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • April 16, 2017
Food and Wine

Rise and Shine with an Elegant Chocolate Souffle Recipe

It's an elegant dessert, a perfect post-symphony repast, a luxurious breakfast treat: Chocolate Souffle. The dish is a best-selling menu item at Rise No. 1 Souffle Salons in Dallas and Houston, where miraculous clouds of egg and water delight diners from late morning to late night hours in an enchanting… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • March 15, 2017

About Valerie Jarvie

Avid cook and traveler Valerie Jarvie specializes in food, lifestyle, and real estate writing for publications, online outlets, and consumer-oriented corporate clients. A former editor of the Dallas/Fort Worth Zagat Restaurant Survey and a credentialed sommelier, she is a frequent contributor to newspapers, luxury market magazines, and award-winning digital platforms.