Author Archives: Cathy Burnham Martin

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 16 books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."

Best Steaks in New Hampshire

We enjoy great steaks, especially rib-eyes, and Buckley’s consistently delivers the best in New Hampshire.  At our dinner party the other night, most of us couldn’t resist the Kansas City Rib-Eye special of the night.  The steaks had been rubbed … Continue reading

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Bar and Bistro at Marek’s is Merely Okay

Far from the best food on Marco Island, the Bar and Bistro at Marek’s does deliver a nice atmosphere, especially if you can sit outside.  The veranda is lovely, as is the terrace, and the live music featured on Tuesday … Continue reading

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GREAT Flatbreads!

Hubby and I were checking out a boat in North Naples, FL.  We lingered, checking out the yacht club, marina, and some nearby condos.  That means that we’d missed lunch.  Hah!  Traveling down the road by the Mercato Center, we … Continue reading

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Somethin’ Fishy at the Capri Fish House

I love trying restaurants!  I love good food!  Looking for things to appreciate is a passion of mine.  The Capri Fish House Restaurant on the Bay on the Isles of Capri in southwest Florida had been calling to me for … Continue reading

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#1 Island in United States

Hey, Marco Island… Congratulations on your #1 US ranking and #4 world ranking as the Best Island to Visit!  (2014 Travelers Choice Awards)  I’ve been visiting Marco Island for 30 years and watched it grow from slow and sleepy to … Continue reading

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Sasso’s is Secret Gem in Marco Island Dining

Most locals and regular visitors will likely include Sasso’s International Cuisine and Seafood in their Top 3 Southwest Florida dining favorites.  I don’t find articles about it in the standard Marco Island promotional publications, so locals and those “in the … Continue reading

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Shame Shame Shame — Shame of Fools

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry closed out 2013 providing the year’s easiest addition to the “Gripes of Cath.”  She lessened respect for herself, political commentators, her fellow MSNBC staff members, and other journalists.   While I have come to expect low humor … Continue reading

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Dog Writes Woofin’ Wonderful Book!

  When a great dog writes a great book, he’s far from barking up the wrong tree!  “Dog Days in the Life of the Miles-Mannered Man” is a heart-warming and hysterical collection of tall tales, wagging tails, and tantalizing treats.  … Continue reading

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“The Counselor” Delivers a Halloween Trick, Not Treat

As much as I dislike giving bad reviews, sometimes someone earns it with such fervor that I must comply.  Few films reviewed by me since the early 1980’s miss the mark on as many levels as “The Counselor.”  Bottom line:  … Continue reading

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An Apple a Day

   I love good food… it’s central to making good living as easy as 1-2-3.  At this time of year, little is as refreshing as biting into a crisp Autumn apple.  This rings especially true in the northern United States, … Continue reading

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Savoring Summer

In the North, we tend to say the same sort of thing at this time of year… “The summers are just too short!” But savoring the beauty of change becomes part of the art of experiencing all four seasons.  We’ve … Continue reading

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Summer Fortitude

‘Tis the season when the days stretch mercifully slowly into night.  Summer Solstice means our daylight hours will start to grow shorter, but the sun’s warmth now gets deeper.  Summer fun rules supreme… or, at least, it should! Where my … Continue reading

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Blessing of Friends

May marks my birthday month.  I really gave the event little thought.  I ended up spending the evening with wonderful friends strolling the Portsmouth harbor for the annual Hit the Decks event, heralding Spring on the New Hampshire seacoast.  Oh … Continue reading

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Zenzational Friends and Good Times

The Ronald and I have some of the most wonderful friends in the world.  (Of course, I hope everyone feels that way about their best buds, but I still must give proper appreciation to ours… naturally… for being the very … Continue reading

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My Perfect Diet

Is there such a thing?  Sure.  But each of us is different.  Our individual bodies have individual needs, tolerances, and even cravings.  Some food and nutrition basics apply to us all however.  If we follow basics and good instincts our … Continue reading

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Childhood Comfort Food Memories

Even comfort food can’t always be about popcorn and hotdogs, although they remain not-so-secret favorites of mine still today.  Comfort food, when I was a child, included almost everything my Mom or Dad prepared.  It ranged from Mom’s melt-in-my-mouth whoopee … Continue reading

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Farewell to Football

Be not sad football fans… it’s just for the season!  As with every year, there were lots of highs and lows… resounding victories and near-misses… superstars and super flops.  We cheered and we jeered.  In the end, whether our favorite … Continue reading

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Diet Dilemma

  “I tried dieting for a month; I lost 31 days.” Okay… ha, ha, ha!  We’ve all heard all the quips about dieting.  However, laughing at ourselves when we struggle for discipline is far from easy.  So, we look for … Continue reading

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Red Arrow Diner Special – Yum!!!

If you have an affinity for great diners, then you likely know (or know of) Manchester, New Hampshire’s claim to diner fame.  The Red Arrow 24-hour diner stands out as an award-winning classic by any standards.   Today they were … Continue reading

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Christmas Celebrations to Cherish

  For the love of Christmas!  I have always loved Christmas… the decorations, candlelight services, fresh baked aromas, music, parties, family gatherings, sharing.  But with no small children in the home any longer, the need for all the presents under … Continue reading

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Twisted Tiramisu Treat

  In our continuing quest to share easy tips and suggestions to make Good Living as easy as 1-2-3, we’ve got another great recipe for you.  This one was tested out on friends and family on Thanksgiving and got unanimously … Continue reading

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Fabulous Fall Foliage

My mind marvels at God’s glory every year when the trees turn their gallantly green leaves to Autumn’s fiery pallet of red, yellow, orange, gold, bronze, and burgundy.  Each day I can literally watch the same trees and yet see … Continue reading

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Cranberry Capers

  Fresh Cranberries When Autumn temperatures arrive, delivering their cool evenings and crispy, clear mornings, many delightful memories burst back into view.  The splendidly vibrant fall foliage colors reign high on the list.  As a child, I remember going on … Continue reading

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Easy Dockside Dining

When we hang out dockside, I like to serve foods that I can prepare ahead of time.  Then, when folks spontaneously decide it’s time to eat, I am ready to cook before the grill is even done preheating.  Advance planning … Continue reading

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Roman Toga Party

Theme parties set the stage for fun.  In college we found toga parties to be a blast, but as adults, they’re still a hoot-and-a-half.  They’re easy for guests, too.  Simply tie on a white bed sheet and decorate your head … Continue reading

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Paradise North Carolina

I get it… I totally get it.  Silver Fox Farm is a pastoral paradise!  Hubby and I have been renovating a large ranch in North Carolina.  The original part was built by  his parents when they retired… a perfect escape … Continue reading

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Graduation Day

Ron’s #1 Eldest Daughter earned high academic honors in her studies to become a Registered Nurse.  Keira honored Dad by asking him to pin her in the RN Pinning Ceremony, which preceded the actual graduation.  All family members thorough enjoyed … Continue reading

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Outdoor Entertaining

We were recently invited to an outdoor appetizer party with an international theme.  After a busy day of boating, I knew I needed a super simple-to-prepare recipe that was also super satisfying for ravenous appetites.   Recognizing a pot luck … Continue reading

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For Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day I got thinking about family heritage… and food, naturally.  My parents are both wonderful  cooks and took great care to teach us good cooking technique along with the reasons “why.”  All the while, they instilled a spirit … Continue reading

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The Tower of London

Even for us Americans, there is something truly special about visiting “the Motherland,” Great Britain.  A visit to the Tower of London is easily a full day’s adventure and teaches us so much about our Founding Fathers’ heritage.   Why separate … Continue reading

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Ron Howard and Racine

Hmmm… a month ago in the blog, I got talking about seeing Ron Howard at Racine in London and totally forgot to share our beautiful evening of food with you.  For this French dining experience, I started with Seared Foie … Continue reading

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A Taste of London

London, as is the case with most European cities, presents an eclectic collection of cultures and cuisines.  If true English fare doesn’t suit your taste, then skip the meat pies, the bubble and squeak, and even the fish and chips. … Continue reading

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London Style Tropical Fruit Smoothie

A nice surprise I found at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor Café in London were the fresh fruit smoothies.  I chose their Tropical Smoothie, which oozed with freshly pressed (or squeezed, as we Americans say) pineapple, papaya, mango, and coconut.  The … Continue reading

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Jolly Ol’ London Town

The English have long-suffered a somewhat less than celebratory reputation for their cuisine.  Well, much has improved!  Even my hubby now relishes the “Full English Breakfast,” with its eggs and bacon, beans, mushrooms, and toast.   While in London, if … Continue reading

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Taste Bud Travels

Traveling, for me, is much about absorbing the culture, the people, the lifestyle, and the rhythm of the area.  Food is paramount for this dedicated foodie.  For many years, I simply have said that I travel on my taste buds. … Continue reading

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Go Guilt Free After the Holidays

  It’s the end of January. If you haven’t stopped already, now is the time to quit beating yourself up over all the delicious indulgences consumed throughout the holiday season. We only get a short run on this planet. While … Continue reading

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Super Simple Pepperoni Chips – Our Free Gift to YOU!

Whether you are lifting a glass of bubbly, sipping red wine in front of a fireplace, or enjoying a beer during a favorite sports event on television, we have a Super Simple snack that is AWESOME!  We absolutely love the … Continue reading

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Lift Your Glass!

We just returned from a Greek Isles cruise that started and stopped in Barcelona, Spain.  Sure, I’ll bring you the latest and greatest tips, tidbits, and recipes from these great adventures, but first, you need to just take a moment … Continue reading

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Summer Travel Quickie

‘Tis the season to take to the road… or the rail… or the air… or the water.  However you travel, and wherever you go, here are some super simple ideas to take along to make your vacation fun. We all … Continue reading

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What’s in THEIR Food?

Media pay lots of attention now to food additives and unnecessary or potentially harmful fillers in food… for humans.  What about our beloved pets?  Television and magazine ads make dog and cat food sound as though it is designed and … Continue reading

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