23 Jan. 2023: Tuna Gochujang Noodles

Keeping with one of my New Year’s resolutions, I have been exploring cooking from the items we keep on hand in our pantry. This shift in meal preparation was precipitated by Christopher Kimball’s Cook What You Have, and while it is an adjustment, I’ve found it particularly satisfying to raid our fridge and pantry. We…

07 Jan 2023: Red Curry Lentils with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach

Happy 2023! One of the cooking books I received this year was Christopher Kimball’s Cook What You Have from Milk Street Kitchens. It has really been a game-changer for me in terms of meal planning and food shopping in that, using a roster of about 25 regular ingredients, I’m starting to raid the ‘fridge and…

19 Dec 2022: Tikka

Zainab Shah, is among other accomplishments, a food contributor to the New York Times. This easy, weeknight recipe is among the many she has contributed to the Times and other publications as well. The combination of warming spices and the easy prep make this one a definite keeper! Sheet-Pan Fish Tikka with Spinach Zainab Shah…

17 Dec 2022: Concha Cookies

Finding new cookies for holiday baking is a passion. While all of us in this house enjoy traditional cookie recipes, sometimes we’ll find one – or two – that seem to be stand-outs. This recipe for a twist on the Mexican sweet bread, concha, was published in the Washington Post food section and comes via…

16 Dec 2022: NYT M&M Cookies

Eric Kim, a writer for the New York Times Cooking and food sections, shared this recipe for M&M Cookies in the New York Times’ 24 Days of Cookies in 2021. It’s one of my favorites not only because the cookie itself is delicious, but because the entire bag of M&Ms is not used. Definitely enjoyed…

10 Dec 2022: Eggless Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

At this time of the year when baked goods and treats are everywhere, I always try to ensure there are appealing cookie options for our granddaughter who has an egg allergy. Luckily, finding baked treats that are safe for her is not the challenge it once was as there are many excellent allergy-aware and vegan…

06 Dec 2022: Nonfat Gingersnaps

Holiday baking has begun in earnest in our kitchen. Initially I started looking for a cookie to balance out all of the chocolate confections I had been making – something spicy and warming. Leafing through David Lebovit’z Ready for Dessert (page 213), I discovered this wonderfully ginger-forward cookie. Trust me, you won’t have any idea…

01 Dec 2022: Rosemary Shortbread

When she was asked about the secret to making delicious cookies, Susan Callahan, owner of Goodies Homemade’s answer was short and to the point: butter. I would second that. This is Joanne Chang’s recipe for shortbread cookies and can be found on page 146 in her first Flour Bakery cookbook (Flour: Spectacular Recipes from Boston’s…

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,…