Chestnut and Sausage Stuffing

I’ve been making this stuffing for over 20 years.   I love it — so, why is it that I only eat it once a year? Active time: 1 hr Start to finish: 1 3/4 hr 1 (1 1/4-lb) loaf country-style bread, crust discarded and bread cut into 3/4-inch cubes (8 cups) (though I still […]

El Cholo’s Green Corn Tamales

I don’t know if these are quite the same as the ones at Los Olivos in Scottsdale, but I made these this summer, and I thought they were deeeelicious! Makes 12 (8 ounce) tamales. 24 ears yellow corn 8 ounces cornmeal 4 ounces shortening 4 ounces butter 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup half-and-half or […]

Garlic Parmesan Dressing

Yield: 9 ounces Servings: 6 1 large egg yolk 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 1 anchovy fillet, rinsed, dried and chopped 1/4 cup parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 1/4 cups olive oil Kosher Salt Black Pepper Place all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a blender. Blend […]

Tall, Dark and Simple Chocolate Cake

One 9-inch  cake This cake is extremely rich, and tastes like the most delicious, silkiest, most supremely-chocolate ganache you’ve ever had. As mentioned, it’s equally good a few days later, and it is virtually impossible to mess it up. You don’t need to use ScharffenBerger chocolate for this cake, but use a good one—you’ll appreciate […]

Best Party Mix Evah!

  GREAT to snack on with drinks. Glazing the nuts with spices and adding a touch of sweetness, makes this the perfect nibble before dinner with beer or a cocktail. I melt the butter in a large bowl, so I can do all the mixing in that bowl, making one less thing for me to […]

Cucumber and Radish Sandwiches

Makes 8 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh herbs, such as flat-leaf parsley, basil, tarragon, or mint 8 slices firm wheat bread 1 piece (4 inches) cucumber, very thinly sliced into rounds 2 radishes, trimmed and very thinly sliced 2 tablespoons softened butter Directions Place cream cheese and herbs in […]

Shrimp and Snap Pea Salad with Ginger Dressing

Coarse salt and ground pepper 12 ounces sugar snap peas, stem ends removed (and, if necessary, strings) 1 pound peeled and deveined frozen medium shrimp, thawed 4 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced 1/4 cup vegetable oil, such as safflower 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon […]

Summer Pasta with Tomatoes, Parsley and Garlic

This perfect taste of summer is ready in the time it takes to cook pasta al dente. I would like to say that you should ONLY make this when summer tomatoes are ripe, but the reality is that I’ve made this with Trader Joe’s little tomatoes quite a few times in the winter when I’m […]

Chocolate Nut Bars

For the base: 2 1/2 cups flour 16 T. butter, cold 1/2 c. sugar 3/4 c. almonds, blanched, sliced, toasted Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9 x 13″ baking pan.  In a food processor, combine the flour and sugar.  Cut the butter into 1″ pieces and put it on top of the flour […]

Mom’s Delicious Chocolate and Pecan Toffee

Christmas just isn’t Christmas until Mom’s toffee arrives! 2 c. (1 lb.) butter 2 1/2 c. sugar 1 package (8 oz) semisweet chocolate chips 2 packages (4 oz each) of milk chocolate 6-8 oz of pecans, ground Lightly butter an 11 x 15″ shallow baking pan and set aside. Combine butter and sugar in a […]