Author Archives: Valerie Jarvie

wine preservation system
Food and Wine

Wine by the Glass at Home? Yes, It’s Possible with a Coravin Wine Preservation System

Why concern yourself with wine preservation? Doctors now say that wine has benefits, yes, but one five-ounce glass per day is the healthy limit for women. Alas, that's bad news for singles or couples who wish to enjoy quality wine at home! There aren't many options of single-serving and split (half… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • February 13, 2017
Filet Mignon with Mustard and Mushrooms
Food and Wine

A Romantic Dinner at Home: Ina Garten’s Filet Mignon with Mustard and Mushrooms

Ina Garten's Filet Mignon with Mustard and Mushrooms is just one of many delicious recipes published in her latest cookbook, Cooking for Jeffrey (Clarkson Potter, 2016). The book is a love letter to her husband of 48 years, her "most constant and appreciative audience," as Garten puts it. In 1978, after… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • February 8, 2017
olive oil cake recipe
Food and Wine

A Regal Olive Oil Cake Recipe from Nancy Silverton’s New Cookbook

Olive oil cake? Sounds pretty unusual to some, but you'll find it on many a dessert menu in Mediterranean climates. Don't let its rustic appearance fool you; this earthy version crowned with wisps of rosemary is packed with rich flavors of fresh orange, plump raisins, toasted pine nuts and elegant… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • January 16, 2017
Food and Wine

Janelle Friedman’s Tips for Entertaining and Chocolate Torte Recipe

Looking for tips for entertaining this holiday season? With her many roles as the COO of a family law firm, civic leader, and philanthropist, Janelle Friedman knows a thing or two about hosting a party. Janelle is renowned as one of Dallas’ top hostesses; she is famed for coordinating events… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • December 13, 2016
Red Velvet Cake
Food and Wine

Christy Rost’s Red Velvet Cake – High & Low Altitude Recipes

Baking for chicks flocking back to the nest this season? Is a family ski trip  in your holiday plans? Or, perhaps you want to bake a “WOW!” of a cake to honor a December birthday? TV chef Christy Rost’s elegant red velvet cake recipe (with instructions for both regular and… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • November 22, 2016
Cycling Apparel Feature

Cycling Apparel Designs that Triumph Over Tragedy

Cycling apparel designer Silvana Montero’s inspirational saga has three messages: 1.) Wear your bike helmet when you ride - every time. 2.) Tempting as it may be to complain of “senior moments,” never take your brain function for granted. It can be gone in a flash. 3.) No matter what,… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • October 15, 2016
Chocolate Shop
Food and Wine

Dr. Sue’s Chocolate Shop Prescription

A joyful life requires balance. We need purpose and challenging work, yes, but also the mindfulness to take time to smell the roses, or, in the case of Dr. Sue Williams, taste the chocolates along the way. Williams is a practicing physician. She’s also an artisan chocolate maker, who in… Read More
  • Valerie Jarvie |
  • September 10, 2016

About Valerie Jarvie

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.