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…

26 Jul 2022: A Low(er) Calorie Muffin

I usually stay away from breakfast pastries, but every once in a while, I need to fulfill a craving. This week, I wanted to make a muffin – one that I could bake and that would allow me to account for what I ate. Sally’s Baking Addiction was the jumping off point for this muffin…

23 Jul 2022: Flour Bakery + Cafe’s Chunky Lola Cookie

How have I missed this cookie perfection in Joanne Chang’s 2010 book, Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s Flour Bakery + Cafe? This buttery (of course), chewy blend of dark chocolate, coconut and nuts is exactly the kind of cookie to perk up a day. Found on page 110, the ingredients include Butter (lots of it)…

09 July 2022: Roasting Beets

Today, July 9th would have been my Dad’s 104th birthday, and so, in his honor I give you… roasted beets. (Just kidding. Dad really did not like beets one bit. As kids, we sometimes threatened to “hide” them in his mashed potatoes, thereby tricking him into eating beets, Ahhh kid-logic. It never occurred to us…

07 July 2022: Vegan Potato Salad

Melissa Clark is one of my favorite food writers at the New York Times. In fact, her book, Dinner in French, is one of my go-to’s for inspiration and French cuisine. With our granddaughter’s egg allergy, I am always looking for egg-free dishes that are delicious and appealing. This creamy potato salad, which we rolled…

04 July 2022: Fizzy Watermelon Mocktail

While I’m not a terrible home bartender, I’ve discovered that my mocktail game really needs some work. This morning I was in search of a refreshing mocktail that would offset the heat of Independence Day. And put to good use some of the very large watermelon that was taking up space in my fridge. This…

01 Jul 2022: Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup

On this 90-plus degree day, we turned to our cherished Moosewood Cookbook for a cool, refreshing, and light summer’s night dinner. Made early in the day, the soup had plenty of time to chill. It was also simple to pull together – add everything to a blender and blend. Chilled Cucumber-Yogurt Soup Recipe from Mollie…

27 May 2022: Broccoli Salad

With grocery roulette becoming more pronounced, I’ve been looking for some new salad ideas, particularly ones that don’t involve using lettuces. Hetty McKinnon, cookbook author and a food and recipe contributor to the New York Times, is the creative force behind this salad recently published in the New York Times. For more terrific food ideas…

18 May 2022: King Arthur’s Simple Scones

Because today, May 18, is Adrien’s birthday, I decided to bake one of his favorite breakfast treats: scones. I really like this recipe from King Arthur Baking because it is a simple base from which to experiment. This morning, I added cinnamon bits and substituted maple syrup for the flavoring, but really, whatever the recipe…