Seeded Crackers

Why take the time to make these when there is such a variety of crackers that you can buy at a store?   Make them for the same reason that you make chocolate chip cookies instead of buying Chips Ahoy — or that you take the time to make dinner from scratch instead of cooking […]

Potatoes Boulangere

OK.  The first thing you need to know about these incredibly delicious potatoes is that they cook lonnnnng and slowwwwwww!  They take only 10 minutes to get ready for the oven, and TWO TO THREE HOURS once in the oven.  Don’t hurry them — the long wait is worth it.  They are unbelievably yummy! Ingredients […]

Savory Palmiers

Savory Palmiers This is the appetizer I ALWAYS bring when I don’t have time to make something fancy. It’s easy-peasy, and mucho delicioso. . . and looks like I spent days making it instead of minutes. Ingredients 1 package frozen puff pastry, defrosted 1/4 cup prepared pesto, store bought or homemade (recipe follows) 1/2 cup […]

Black Bottom Coconut Bars

I think I first discovered I loved coconut at age 7 in Harrow. And I think the culprit was a candy bar, kind of like a Mounds bar or Almond Joy. It had a purple wrapper which was the only reason I chose the candy bar. But after one bite, I chose it for the […]

Nutty Granola

Okay. I know granola is fake healthy food. It has a million calories, but I always feel like I’m doing something good for myself when I eat it with plain yogurt. I don’t care. I’ve been called delusional more than a couple of times in my life. I still love it. (Use melted butter instead […]

My Favorite Snackaroony: Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is, in theory, not all that exciting. It’s just sugared popcorn dusted with salt. Except there’s nothing “just” about it. The sugar melts in the hot oil and, as it cools, encases each popped kernel in a thin, glassy shell. Then comes the salt, and at that point for me, I can’t even […]

Rosemary and Thyme Candied Pecans

These were a huge hit in my Christmas nut baggies this year. With inspiration from the spiced nuts served at the Union Square Café in New York City. It will look as though there too much glaze as the nuts go in the oven – don’t worry. As they bake the syrup will thicken and […]

Moroccan-esque Almonds (you HAFTA MAKE these!)

Yes, I AM nuts about nuts, starting back in 1965 when my parents would leave on base (Evreux-Fauville AFB) every morning so I could play the organ at both 9am and 12pm masses.  They’d give me 35 cents–just enough for a 15 cent bag of peanuts, a 10 cent coke, and a 10 cent Archie […]

Roasted Butternut Squash with Fresh Thyme, Crispy Pancetta and Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese

1 large butternut squash 4 ozs. unsalted butter 2 tsp kosher salt 1 tsp cracked black pepper 8 ozs. Pancetta, sliced thin 2 T fresh thyme leaves ½ cup crumbled Pt Reyes Bleu Cheese Peel squash and cut into one inch cubes. Melt butter and tossed squash with it and salt and pepper. Bake in […]

Puree of Fresh Asparagus Soup with Lemon Cream

from the Inn at Little Washington  My favorite springtime soup. Serves 6 ¼ c. butter 1 medium size onion, coarsely chopped 2 leeks chopped 2 stalk celery, coarsely chopped 3 medium-size Idaho potatoes, peeled and coarsely chopped 2 bay leaves, crumbled 2 qts chicken stock 2 lbs aparagus 3 T. olive oil 1 c, heavy […]