Pancetta Mashed Potatoes

6 servings 8 oz. pancetta or bacon, cut into ¼” pieces 2 lbs. large red-skinned potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 ½” pieces 1 stick butter, cut into small pieces. Sauté pancetta in heavy medium skillet over medium heat until crisp and golden brown, about 20 minutes (save pan drippings). Meanwhile, cook potatoes in large pot […]

Oven-Crisped Chicken with Maple Vinegar Sauce

Sauce: 2 T. butter ¼ c. chopped shallots ½ t. cracked black pepper ¼ t. nutmeg 1/3 c. cider vinegar 1/3 c. maple syrup Melt Butter in a sauté pan. Add shallots and cook until translucent. Add pepper and nutmeg. Add vinegar, then bring to a boil. Add maple syrup, and return sauce to a […]

Maple and Walnut Chicken

6 servings 1 c. walnuts, toasted 1 2/3 c. fresh breadcrumbs made from French bread 1 ½ t. chopped fresh sage 3 T. butter, melted 5 T. pure maple syrup, divided 3 ½ c. low-salt chicken broth 4 fresh sage sprigs 4 fresh thyme sprigs 1 T. olive oil 6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves […]

Mushroom and Asparagus Shepherd’s Pie

This is my all-time favorite comfort food dinner. The recipe calls for bacon, but for those TRUE vegetarian family members, I make this all the time WITHOUT the bacon. Trisha 2 cloves garlic, chopped 2 c. vegetable or chicken stock 2/3 c. sherry 4 T. butter 4 t. butter, softened, mashed with 4 t. flour […]

Crunchy Spiced Breadsticks

These will hold up to four days in the fridge, making last minute baking a snap. Yields about 40 breadsticks 1 t. active dry yeast 1 c. plus 2 T. warm water (85°) ¼ t. sugar 1 lb. Flour (3 ½ cups) 1/3 c. olive oil; more for the finished breadsticks Seasonings from one of […]

The ONLY Pizza Dough You Should Ever Make

Sponge: Warm a medium size mixing bowl with warm water. Add: ¾ c. warm water (115 -120 degrees) Sprinkle in 2 teaspoons yeast, whisk til combined Then whisk in 2/3 c. unbleached flour Cover with plastic wrap secured by a rubber band and alllow to sit for 30 minutes until bubbly. (If it’s a cool […]

Mark’s Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Homemade Marshmallows: 3 packages unflavored gelatin 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting 7 ounces sweetened shredded coconut, toasted Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk […]

Grandma’s Famous Sugar Cookies

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup butter 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda Mix sugar, butter and egg and flavorings.  Mix thoroughly. Stir in dry ingredients. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours. Roll dough out to about 1/8 […]

Trisha’s Christmas Cinnamon Stars

1 3/4c. sifted flour                     pinch of salt 1 c. walnuts, finely ground         1 c. almonds, blanched, finely ground 2 large egg yolks                       2 T. rum (or orange juice) ¾ c. unsalted butter, softened   ¾ c. sugar 1/8 t. allspice                            1 ¼ c. powdered sugar 3 t. cinnamon                           1/3 c. flour, plus 2 T. sugar ¼ […]

Cranberry Orange Tea Bread

  I found this delicious sweet bread on a website a couple of years ago, and I can’t find that website anymore.  Mom — this is the tea bread I made for you once — you really liked it.    ‘Tis the Season!!! vegetable oil spray 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 2 cups King Arthur unbleached […]