Spicy Pecan Crack

I found this recipe on Vivian Howard’s website — and I’ve made them so many times for parties and get togethers. I always make extra, thinking I’ll take the leftovers home — and there’s never even ONE pecan left. • 2 egg whites • 2 teaspoons salt • 1/2 cup granulated sugar • 1 tablespoon […]

Fried Garbanzos with Parm and Sage

I know you THINK you don’t like garbanzo beans — and I know this because I HATED them for decades.  As far as I knew they were those slimy anemic looking round beans carelessly tossed on an iceberg and tomato salad at diners.  But I grew up, as we all must, and discovered roasted or […]

Sriracha Popcorn with Peanuts

Don’t be afraid. We’re in this together. Oh good grief!  Unscrunch your nose and hear me out.  Eighteen months ago, I was afraid of sriracha too– and now . . . and now I comb recipes looking for places I can use it.   Come over to the dark side.   Honey, it’ll make you […]

Brined and Roasted Rosemary Chile Almonds

Sweet and spicy crispianity! My addiction to nuts dates back a zillion years  to Sundays in Evreux, France.  I somehow got a job at age 12 playing the organ at the chapel at Evreux-Fauville Air Force Base.  Father Driscoll must have been desperate.  My mom would drop me off for the early mass, give me […]

Cherry Tomato Confit over Fresh Herbed Ricotta

I made dinner for some friends last night, and because I’m a fanatical convert to delicious homemade ricotta, I’m always looking for a way to add it to a meal.  And this is it — easy to make with all those end of summer tomatoes, and truthfully–we wanted to just eat this with a yummy […]

Parmesan Manchego Salsa/Dip/Slather

This is a Michael Chiarello recipe with a couple of minor changes, and it’s a total Trader Joe’s recipe, AND it’s one of the best appetizers I know how to make.  You THINK you’ll just have a taste, and then the bowl disappears!   I used to call it a dip, but you definitely don’t […]

Brown Butter Nuts with Rosemary and Thyme

10 cups mixed nuts such as pecans, cashews, whole skin-on almonds, Marcona almonds, and peanuts 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar 2 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves only Directions Preheat oven to […]

Parmesan, Pecans and Thyme Crackers

‘Tis the season for Christmas parties and lots of supermarket refrigerated section dips and chips. I think the reason I like to cook so much is that I want to make sure that when I go to a party, there’s something there that I will like to eat. So, when I went to one of […]

Balsamic Chicken Wings

This is from one of my favorite cooking shows — Chuck’s Day Off. I love all his recipes, but since I’m a chicken wing (and turkey wing) fanatic, I couldn’t resist. INGREDIENTS 18 chicken wings 1 cup/250ml honey 1 cup/250ml brown sugar 1 cup/250ml balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons/30ml peeled and grated fresh ginger 2 cloves […]

Cucumber and Feta Dip

This is kind of like a pureed Greek salad (my fave) . . . extremely yummy on crackers and bread. Ingredients: 6 ounces feta cheese, drained and crumbled (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 large cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced (about 1 cup) 2 T. chopped sweet onion or green onions 1 clove garlic, minced 1 […]