Recipes

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

There are a lot of different traditions and opinions about carrot cake and what should or should not go into one.  Some parts of the U.S. add coconut and pecans to just about every dessert where possible (and I love those ingredients so who can blame them!).  Purists sometimes say that raisins belong only in […]

Read More →

Read More →

Curried Lentil Risotto

Curried Lentil Risotto

Here’s a fusion of Italian, French and Indian cuisines to create a savory, creamy, tasty main course, using very simple ingredients.  It’s not hard to cook; it just takes a bit of time, standing at the stove top and stirring.  Most recipes for cooking lentils ask you to soak them before hand.  But here, I […]

Read More →

Read More →

Ten Classic Sandwiches

Ten Classic Sandwiches

The other night, I was eating at an Italian restaurant and the menu included both dinner and lunch items, not clearly marked which was which.  My friend asked if sandwiches could be made at dinner time; the answer was a decisive “no.”  I was surprised, since the sandwich menu appeared to have all the same […]

Read More →

Read More →

Vegetarian Brunswick Stew

Vegetarian Brunswick Stew

I’m all for one pot meals, a tradition that is found in almost every culture.  I think that is true because one pot meals are both easy to make and at the same time offer almost endless ways to have complex flavor.  In the case of Brunswick Stew, it traditionally combines sausage and chicken along […]

Read More →

Read More →

Watermelon Pudding & Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Pudding & Watermelon Gazpacho

I’m sure I’m not the only person who has food dreams, but I’m also pretty sure most people don’t have seasonal food dreams, at least not anymore.  Fall is upon us, but I was dreaming of summer, particularly this past summer and my experince of watermelon. Every summer I am faced with the reality that […]

Read More →

Read More →

Apple Dapple Cake

Apple Dapple Cake

APPLE DAPPLE CAKE This Apple Dapple cake is one of hundreds of variations on what has been called a “poke cake.”  The name has been applied to cakes that come from a boxed mix, but the essence of the name comes simply from the fact that when the cake is pulled from the oven, immediately […]

Read More →

Read More →

Gnocchi alla Romana

Gnocchi alla Romana

GNOCCHI ALLA ROMANA I have long imagined what it was like for Italian cuisine before there were tomatoes.  But other new world food like corn, potatoes and peppers were also absent until the 18th century.  Which means that long before ships brought native crops from the Americas to Europe, Italy was a land without red […]

Read More →

Read More →

Cream Cheese Tortilla Hors D’ouevres

Cream Cheese Tortilla Hors D’ouevres

CREAM CHEESE TORTILLA HORS D’OUEVRES   In search of a simple, can do ahead, no cook, hardly any prep, hors d’ouevres should be able to be eaten by hand (no utensils required) in one or two bites, and should be able to sit out for at least half an hour without being ruined?  Oh, yes, […]

Read More →

Read More →

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Pie

Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Pie

RASPBERRY CHOCOLATE GANACHE PIE I feel just a little edgy posting this recipe.  Most of my favorite pies are made with fruit and are as good for breakfast as they are for dessert after a main meal.  This one is not.  It is decadent, rich, and absolutely something that should be made only occasionally.  That […]

Read More →

Read More →

Mashed Cauliflower for the Holidays

Mashed Cauliflower for the Holidays

We’ve been messing with traditional holiday fare for a long time now:  stuffed, baked, tofu; roasted chestnut stuffing (or dressing or even soup); sweet potato soufflé; pumpkin enchiladas; green beans in an Asian garlic sauce (yum); even chocolate fruit cake. But the one dish which seems too sacred to mess around with is mashed potatoes.  […]

Read More →

Read More →

Top