28 July 2021: Cold Tofu Salad with Tomatoes and Peaches

We’re at the start of peach and tomato season here in New England which is, in my opinion, my the most wonderful time of the year! This salad is a wonderfully refreshing salad for the dog days of summer – cool and easy to prepare. Essential to that freshness is the use of fresh mint…

23 July 2021: Easy Zucchini Bread

Sonja and Alex Overhiser are the couple behind the award winning website (and books! don’t forget books!) A Couple Cooks. I’ve often found their creations to be not only delicious, but healthy. And the website’s photos are stunning! When our daughter-in-law, Beth – who most decidedly does have a green thumb – shared a zucchini…

18 July 2021: Warm French Lentil Salad with Bacon and Herbs

We are not big meat-eaters in our household, but every so often I discover a recipe that while not meat-centric includes it. Such is the case here – 4 slices of thick cut bacon added to this warmed French lentil salad. For those who avoid meat at all times, there are no doubt substitutions that…

14 July 2021: Easy Slow-Cooker Ratatouille

It’s July and we’re in the middle of zucchini season! This recipe from The Kitchn possibly will give purists a moment of pause, but for me, I was a great way to take advantage of summer vegetable overloads while the kitchen was not overheating from roastings or stove-top cooking. Easy Slow-Cooker Ratatouille By Christine Gallary,…

11 July 2021: Lemon-Almond Biscotti

For a family cookout, I was asked to bring dessert, which if I’m being honest, is my favorite food course. Not wanting to have to bring plates, bowls or utensils, I decided a plateful of cookies sounded just about right. And along with a chocolate-based cookie and a nut-based one, I felt like a more…

06 July 2021: Joanne Chang’s Homemade Oreos (egg-free style)

Flour Bakery + Cafe Homemade Oreos – egg-free version My favorite stop for a quick(er) bite in Boston is Joanne Chang’s Flour Bakery + Cafe. I think I’ve been to all of them at one time or another! And a natural follow-on for those times when I can’t get into the City (looking at YOU…

23 June 2021: Sugar Cookie Bars

Always on the lookout for an easy cookie recipe, I recently came across this one in the New York Times Food section. Adapted by Margaux Laskey, it originated with American Girl, presumably that’s a reference to American Girl dolls, which as a boy-mom but an elementary teacher, I have only a passing acquaintance with. We…

15 June 2021: Tassajara Bread

When we were a young family, my mother-in-law gifted me with an galvanized hand-crank bread bucket. She had one that she used each week to turn out loaves of bread and, once I became more interested in bread-baking, she found one and gifted it to me. Back in those days (the late 1970s, early 1980s),…

13 June 2021: Chocolate Drop Cookies

I’ve enjoyed baking for as long as I can remember, and throughout our COVID isolation, I made bread several times a week. With just two of us here, it’s hard to justify regularly baking desserts. However, watching the British Bake-off for the umpteenth time got me thinking: all those practice bakes at home had to…

05 April 2021: Light Cinnamon Rolls – Eggless

Our granddaughter has an egg allergy which has prompted a lot of researching into egg-free baking and cooking. My experience with egg substitutions in “regular” recipes has not proven to be very successful. Oftentimes the bake is dry and heavy. So when I spotted this recipe, Light Cinnamon Rolls – Eggless from Munaty Cooking and…