25 Nov 2022: Thumbprint Cookies

One long-ago December, in a frenzy of cookie baking, I persuaded my teaching colleagues to attempt a holiday cookie exchange. So, we set up shop with several dozen of our favorite holiday cookie recipe in one of the classrooms and, after ooohing and ahhing over the selection, filled our containers with holiday cookies to take…

21 Nov 2022: Chili- & Cinnamon-Roasted Butternut Squash

For me, Fall days means squash is frequently on the menu. Acorn, delicata… they are all delicious and warming. One of my favorite family childhood dinners was butternut squash served alongside sausage patties. The smell of pork sausage frying and the sweet smell of squash roasting are transporting even after many many years. These days,…

16 Nov 2022: Olive Oil Crackers with Parmigiano-Reggiano

One positive outcome of our COVID precautions is that throughout 2022, we’ve been participating in online cooking classes. Not only do we get to learn some chef tricks and tips, we finish off with a delicious meal. Mainly we’ve cooked from Sur La Table’s virtual offerings (link here). Resident Chef Vanessa Craycraft makes things fun…

05 Nov 2022: Prue Leith’s Maple & Pecan Madeleines

Each year I look forward to watching the Great British Bake-off and although some of those theme weeks are a bit wonky, it’s interesting to observe skilled bakers ply their art. This madeleine recipe was part of the Celebrity Bake-Off Challenge for SU2C (Stand Up to Cancer) in 2022. They were easy to bake, and…

11 October 2022: Moosewood’s Mexican Pepper Casserole

Sometimes the Fall rollercoaster gets the best of me, but last night I hopped off and opened up my trusty and well-loved 1977 edition of the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen for a little cuisine inspiration. As usual, it was right there for the taking. The spicy mixture of sauteed sweet peppers, onions and garlic…

09 September 2022: Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Oatmeal Drops

When I have an opened bag of chocolate “laying around”, I need to look for ways to use it, especially when the chocolate is the “good stuff” (in this instance, Guittard). While it has been way too hot for baking, the temperatures have moderated a bit, so this morning, I opened up my copy of…

21 August 2022: Vermicelli Noodles with Turmeric and Tofu

This recipe, was published in the Washington Post’s Eating Voraciously Weeknight Vegetarian column on August 13, 2022. If you are a subscriber to the Washington Post, you can access the recipe and scale it up or down. Adapted by the Washington Post from “Vegetarian Viet Nam” by Cameron Stauch, this is a tasty AND colorful…

18 August 2022: Spinach Casserole with Thyme

From the time we were first married, Adrien and I had a Boston Globe newspaper (print edition) delivered to our home. While we no longer subscribe to the Globe for a variety of reasons, when we did, I used to look forward to each Wednesday because of the Food focus. Unfortunately I cannot give credit…

06 Aug 2022: Summer Corn and Barley Salad

Mollie Katzen’s recipes are always a hit in our house and this one, from 2013’s The Heart of the Plate, was no exception. It is the perfect summer salad as fresh cukes and tomatoes are in abundance, and it is easily adaptable – as I quickly discovered when I neglected to buy fresh corn at…

03 August 2022: Jacques Pépin’s Tomato Potage with Basil

This delicious soup – served hot or cold – comes from Jacques Pépin’s Simple and Healthy Cooking, written in 1994. One of the best things about this cookbook, besides the usual amazing dishes Chef Pépin shares, is that the nutrition information has already been calculated. That makes it easy for folks who need to monitor…