Vacations: Recipe for Fun

Indulge your passion for food with a study stint at a culinary institute

When Deborah Owen, 53, a partner in a North Hollywood, Calif., accounting firm, took a vacation last August, her days were long. She was exhausted each evening. There were constant deadlines to meet. The work was messy. Oh, and by the way, she can't wait to do it all again.

Owen, who has a passion for food--she toys with the idea of going into the restaurant business at some point--spent five days studying and cooking with professional chefs at the Greystone campus of the renowned Culinary Institute of America (CIA). The school is in St. Helena, in the heart of California's...

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