Light and airy with ribbons of dark chocolate swirled in citrus. A soufflé baked in an orange, perfect if you don’t happen to have ramekins lying around the house. Perfect even if you don’t know what a ramekin is because these aren’t hard to make, the most difficult part is getting the orange out of […]
My Sherry Amore: Pink Grapefruit and Vodka Sour This cocktail is dangerous, so smooth you hardly notice the booze. Inspired by a Pisco Sour with Vodka for kick, Sherry for a hint of herbaceous wine, Pink Grapefruit to impart a romantic pleasing color and citrus zest, egg white to make it smooth and frothy, and […]
Love and Garlic For those unsure how they feel about Valentine’s Day. Crisp slivers of fragrant come on and kiss me garlic, sweet hot peppers, and peppery arugula served with fried eggs and toast. What breakfast and Valentine’s Day should be. Spicy but simple, no pressure or dancing bears or mortifying moments that won’t be […]
Orange Rosemary Waffle Eggs Benedict: Light and tender savory waffles topped with ham, a perfectly poached egg and a lighter tangy version of easy blender hollandaise with fresh squeezed orange juice and fresh rosemary. Every Sunday the mister makes us waffles. It is his meal, the only one I haven’t taken over. He used to make […]
Balanced, earthy, no fuss comfort food: potato leek soup is one of the simple classics that helps get me through winter.
This is a slightly different take on a Pissaladière, the traditional tart with onion and anchovy. Here the anchovy is not the star but a supporting player to the caramelized onion, the character with a few scene stealing lines. Like Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet– “Without his roe, like a dried herring: flesh, flesh, how art […]
Be still my blueberry heart Biscuit dough subtly scented with vanilla wrapped around blueberry cardamom filling, baked until bubbling. A heart shaped box filled with fruity blueberry love and cardamom. We had this for breakfast but each bite reminded me of shortcake and summer, eating dinner while the sun is still golden on the tips […]
Party snack, dinner side, cheesy accompaniment for chili: bread sticks, made with flaky pastry dough, expected and unexpected all twirled into one addictive savory treat. Bread sticks are often a disappointment. Too much bread and not enough topping, or so overwhelmingly large that committing to even one seems too much. Or they’re thin and brittle, […]
Tender whole wheat yogurt biscuits topped with a silky, flavorful shiitake mushroom gravy. So good and just enough for two. Biscuits do not make good leftovers. But the beauty of the biscuit is you don’t have to make a whole batch. You can be baby bear about your biscuits, always just right. I, on the […]
With just enough meyer lemon to brighten your day these scones don’t need glaze to be delicious. But why not add a bit of sweet tea? Another layer of citrus flavor? All I had to do to make these scones on a week day was get out of bed a half hour earlier than usual. […]
The chicken: crisp flavorful skin, tender fall off the bone meat. The red cabbage: bright, cheery, and full of antioxidants- like a velvet painting of a sunset if velvet paintings were tangy tasty. Three minutes of prep. Paleo, if that’s your thing. Simple and easy and ready in 40 minutes, if that’s your thing.
Meyer lemon and maple melded with just a whisper of rosemary in a hot toddy that makes the cold a little less so.
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 […]
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. I’m […]
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.