Citrus and maple melded with just a whisper of rosemary in a make it all better hot toddy. Whether you’ve got a cold or are just feeling cold this hot toddy will chase away the chill. I made this hot toddy with rum but any drink with booze and lemon makes me think of Irish […]
Beef and Potato Hand Pies with Arugula Yogurt Salad Ground beef, mushrooms, potatoes. The heady scent of curry, soft subtly tangy pastry dough, peppery arugula, creamy yogurt, and the vinegar kick of spicy pickled vegetables. Comfort and zing. Beef not your thing? These would be just as tasty without the beef. Just up the mushrooms. I […]
As if there weren’t enough reasons to take pretty pictures. Instagram can be a marvelous opportunity to build your fan base and find a bit of inspiration. With right around a hundred followers on Facebook and Instagram I’m clearly no expert on building a media empire but I do know this, just like with the […]
Winter herbs: pale blue rosemary, purple sage, hints of silver and green on both. A bite of garlic, the salty tease of Parmesan, the soft grassy notes of extra virgin olive oil. And that’s just the frame. Wait ‘til you get to the picture, the picture that’s been filling the house with its addictive […]
Bold and spicy ginger cookies, slightly less sweet than their ginger snap cousins. With a creamy filling chock full of ruby-red grapefruit citrus summer in a cup flavor and color this is an English tea cookie that will warm your toes and sooth your soul.
This chili is dead simple. Beans, water, spices, tomato, onion, and ground chicken. Satisfying comfort food. What takes it up a notch is the garnish. Beyond garnish, the cold components of the dish. But that sounds awfully Top Chef for this humble home chili with nary a fresh herb in sight. You decide. Avocado, cilantro, […]
According to the CDC’s latest report on powerhouse fruits and vegetables both Romaine lettuce and Collard greens are top ten veggies. Better for you than Kale. This riff on the classic Caesar has zing and crunch and a hundred shades of green. The crispy collard greens are snackable on their own but I love the […]
Sliced and Slow Roasted Rosemary Potatoes Roast these deliciously easy potatoes low and slow for the first 15-20 minutes while assembling the rest of your meal and then pull them out, flip them over and finish them at a higher heat right before you serve. These make a great side or, served with a bit […]
There is something so satisfying about a deep dish quiche baked in cast iron. The tender crunch of a savory black pepper olive oil crust stuffed with hearty bites of ham and melty sharp cheddar cheese. Simple enough for a week night meal. Impressive enough for guests. Gratifying for even the hungriest diner. Serve with […]
Start with the flavor of nutrient rich blueberry and zesty ginger, then add a bit of banana, one more power punch of antioxidant rich pomegranate and you’ll never know you’re getting your greens on. Unless of course remembering that you’ve got your greens in makes you happy. Then remember, rejoice, do a yoga move or […]
This classic milk dough makes soft and tender dinner rolls or hamburger buns. Easily freezable. And bonus your house smells like fresh baked bread AKA comfort and joy. I love the smell of fresh-baked bread it reminds me of childhood and my mother and being warm when it’s cold outside. And as the year comes […]
Enjoy these herb packed sweet potato cakes redolent with softly poached garlic as a side or top with an egg for a quick and easy nutritious and paleo friendly breakfast. Lull time, adrift between Christmas and New Years. The desire to get some projects done so that they don’t have to become resolutions fights with […]
A Classic Manhattan Cocktail Rye Whiskey, less sweet than its cousin Bourbon, and aromatic bitters are made sippably soft with the addition of Italian red vermouth. Stirred not shaken so the color stays true and the surface unclouded and smooth on the tongue. Nothing fancy just good drink. Everything I learned about Manhattans I learned […]
Peppery arugula (or rocket, if you prefer) greens lightly tossed with a festive, tangy cranberry pomegranate vinaigrette. Temper with savory, crunchy croutons and my favorite hard cheese- Pecorino Romano. Add a side of cured salami and this salad is dressed to impress. It’s Christmas Eve and I’m teetering on the edge of having some holiday […]
Bright and tangy Vietnamese style ground pork redolent with the scent of spice and citrus, delicious as burgers or as the filling for rice paper appetizer rolls. Served with avocado and quick pickled carrots and red onions. No dipping sauce required.
Egg Salad, Tuna Salad, Potato Salad. I never follow a recipe. And my lunches are the better for it. Always familiar but never exactly the same. I suppose there is a sort of recipe floating in my head; the key components that without would make the salad seem incomplete. The rhythm, the back beat.
Tender sugar cookies that melt on the tip of your tongue: the scent of cardamom with an apple caramel chaser. Each half, now together, and greater than the sum of its parts.
My love affair with spiced apple cider continues. And I finally made a caramel sauce I’m completely happy with. Not grainy, with a subtle apple back-note. The secret, it turns out, is only paying some attention. A sort of half-assed state of Zen where I am at the stove but not at the stove; in […]
Fresh apples given depth with a splash of spiced cider and the familiar comfort of French toast: served baked or grilled in the waffle iron. Make your breakfast deliciously easy or a wee bit fancy.
Add cheese in the second stage of cooking and transform these fresh homemade tortillas, made with 100% whole wheat pastry flour, into delicious yup you made that quesadillas.
Why you should infuse your own liquor When I want a twist on a traditional cocktail I look in the spice cabinet. Ginger, Pepper, Cardamom, Coffee. To add these flavors to your cocktails you have two choices, an infused simple syrup or an infused liquor. I’m fickle. Half the time when I make a […]
Primal Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Perfect to make ahead and serve at a holiday party: these paleo friendly cupcakes just happen to be gluten and starch free. They are also made without refined sugars, which turns the sweet down a few notches. Your guests will love them and then you can tell them […]
Smoked paprika, fresh ground black pepper, roasted green chilies, and healthy sized chunks of cheddar cheese make these biscuits assertive enough to take on bully eggs or aloof winter soups. I remember three things about high school home economics: chocolate chip cookies to warm up the room in winter and getting a “D” in […]
Sit down at the keyboard with no plan, no plot, no character living on the edge of your brain and scratching to get in. Write a scene with no dialog, very little action, and long rambling descriptions of scenery. Bore even yourself. Netflix, Netflix, Netflix Begin to think about baking. Remember all the baked goods […]
Satsuma mandarin oranges blended whole with rooibos tea for orangetastic, simple, tender muffins flecked with poppy seeds and topped with an optional orange glaze. Let’s be honest. Okay, I’ll be honest. My ingredient lists are largely dictated by what I have lying around. Rooibos tea. Satsuma oranges. Let’s be really honest. I am not […]
Leftover cornbread seasoned with a bit of chile powder and cumin and pan fried until crispy, farm fresh eggs, roasted green chilies, and sharp cheddar cheese. More of a suggestion than a recipe: an answer to what to do with leftover cornbread. And no matter how delicious an entire pan of cornbread is just […]
Remember that bread pudding with the rum butter sauce that was actually made from the glaze for a pound cake that unless you live here you do not remember? Okay, well then do you remember the fresh cranberry relish? The one I spread on bagels? The one that made a wicked grilled cheese sandwich? I’m […]
Sipping on gin and juice takes on new meaning with this surprisingly delicious and simple winter warmer made with spiced apple cider and Pimms No 1. Leftovers of a different sort, wherein I root through the liquor cabinet looking for something new and discover the Pimms (inherited Pimms actually, bought because of it’s visual similarity […]
Fresh green beans and chanterelle mushrooms baked in parchment with garlic and fresh herbs. Dusted with parmesan, dabbed with butter, and drizzled with a touch of cream and white wine. I love it when a plan comes together. I came up with this idea while fighting my way through the pre-Thanksgiving crowds at the grocery […]
poached apple pie pockets served with spiced apple cider reduction Okay maybe this ingredient isn’t so secret and flakiest isn’t the exact word to describe the difference. Don’t get me wrong this crust is flaky, and easy to work with, and puffs up more than any crust I’ve ever made—but it also seems more refined, more […]
Let’s continue with cranberries. I can’t resist. I love this time of year when bags of fresh cranberries are prominently displayed at my favorite market. I’m not even making Thanksgiving dinner this year but that won’t stop me. This most simple version of fresh cranberry relish is wonderful with cream cheese on a toasted […]
Studded with fresh cranberries this delicious dessert can (and should) be made several hours ahead. Bake while dinner is on the table. Drizzle with a subtly spiced homemade butter rum sauce and there are no leftovers. But we begin as we often do with a remnant, leftovers forgotten on the middle shelf of the fridge. […]
Lying in bed predawn with only the glow of my smart phone to give color to the gloom. Did I suffer from insomnia before the internet? How ever did I fill those hours? What story remains unwritten because I just checked Facebook? What classic remains unread because of Words with Friends? Enough! Out of bed […]
“What’s that?” Her hands are covered in butter but she’s scratching her nose oblivious and the cabinet doors are also buttered and floured- ready to bake. The homey scent of apple and onion floats around her like a homespun halo. She turns towards you and repeats the question, the tip of her nose decidedly not dairy […]
Spicy jalapeño and green chilies mixed with cream cheese and topped with pepper jack, sweet hot peppers, a perfectly baked egg, avocado, and cilantro. inspired by Leite’s Culinaria Breakfast Pizza Recipe You start with a grey morning. Low clouds lick the remaining leaves on the trees making them glisten and drip. A warm bed abandoned, cool […]