Sweet Traditions

Mediterranean Granola with Pistachios, Hazelnuts and Orange   The holidays are full of cherished traditions and many revolve around food treats. My second cousin Joanie called yesterday and we reminisced about Auntie’s (her mom’s) English toffee, her rich, buttery refrigerator rolls and Swedish snowball cookies (what I call Russian Tea Cakes or Mexican Wedding Cakes). […]

Riding the Sweet Potato Moment

Moroccan-Spiced Roasted Sweet Potato Salad The sweet potato moment has stretched into an hour. No longer the stuff of Thanksgiving casseroles and sweet potato pie, sweet potatoes are the new French fry and the new breakfast toast. Nudging out white spuds, they’re baked, tucked into burritos and noodled through spiralizers. For fall, I created a […]

We All Scream For…

Peaches and Cream Sherbet What’s summer without ice cream? My new ice cream maker arrived just in time for a gloriously hot summer. I started with a classic – vanilla ice cream made with a whole vanilla bean. It was a hard act to follow but I was just getting started. I just had to […]

Summer is Pickling Season

Summer Salad with Pickled Figs, Farro, Nuts and Seeds People are pickling – and it’s not just cucumbers. I’ve seen pickled seeds, fruits and all kinds of vegetables. It goes hand-in-hand with taste trends leaning to bolder, sour, sweet and spicy combos. It’s nothing new.  My great-grandma pickled out of necessity, to preserve the summer […]

Dessert First on the Fourth – Why Not?

Chocolate Shortcakes Except for apple pie, no dessert is more American and more appropriate for the Fourth of July than shortcake, dressed up with red and blue berries and a billow of cream. No matter that (according to Wikipedia) an early recipe strawberry shortcake was found in an English cookbook dating back to 1588.  Shortcake […]

Make Dad A Savory Baked Pancake

Make Dad A Savory Baked Pancake   This skillet-size pancake bakes with savory flavors of Parmesan cheese, chopped bacon, herbs, onion and sliced figs. It’s so easy you can make it for Dad while the coffee is brewing.  Blitz the batter ingredient is a blender, pour into a skillet with a little melted butter, add […]

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month Meets Grilling Season

June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, the perfect time to lock in habits that include a rainbow of produce. How much is enough?  You’ve heard “5 servings a day,” but recent evidence shows that doubling it to 10 servings has even greater benefits, well summarized on fruitandveggiesmorematters.org (2). In a nutshell, the largest study […]

April is Stress Awareness Month

Feeling stressed? If you seek solutions for yourself or others you’re not alone. A Google search for “stress busters” turned up 3.5 million results. According to Therese J Borchard (1), “Stress is like dark chocolate. A little of it won’t kill you. In fact, small blocks here and there can be good for you, or […]

Antidote to a Spring Storm

Mediterranean Chickpea Stew It’s April and spring is “in the air,” however on days like this one it means torrential rain and wind. I suggest this comfort-food antidote – Mediterranean Chickpea Stew. The ingredients that wrap flavor around the chickpeas will whisk you to a sunnier Mediterranean land – fresh rosemary, garlic, tomatoes and meaty […]

What’s In Your Freezer?

    March is National Frozen Food Month, a reminder of the convenience, cost-saving and nutrient content of frozen food. Most of us need to eat more produce and frozen versions can make it happen. It’s a myth that fresh is most nutritious. Research shows that produce that’s picked at the peak of ripeness and […]