Numero Uno Cheese Straws

Super fast to make — super yummy to nosh on. This is my #1 go-to-recipe for cheese straws, and I ALWAYS make a double batch.   1 1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) grated extra-sharp Cheddar cheese 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick or 2 ounces) unsalted butter, softened and cut into 4 pieces 3/4 cup flour, plus […]

Parmesan and Gruyere Cheese Straws

Cheese Straws I think I must have southern blood in me — how else can I explain my lifelong search for the perfect fried chicken or the ultimate cheese straw? Love these!!!! Makes: 22 to 24 cheese straws Ingredients 2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry (such as Pepperidge Farm), defrosted overnight in the refrigerator […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Dungeness Crab Cakes with Lemon Dill Sauce

It’s Dungeness crab season — and with crab as low as $4.49/lb. it’s hard not to want to make these every night.  I learned a trick from Mark last Christmas when we made these at Mary’s.  I was carefully patting the mixture into what I thought was even little servings, and Mark was packing the […]

Crunchy Spiced Breadsticks

These are easy to make with a big ooh-ahh factor! 1 t. active dry yeast 1 c. plus 2 T. warm water (85 degrees) ¼ t. sugar 1 lb. (3 ½ c.) flour 1/3 c. olive oil; more for the finished breadsticks seasonings from one of the variations below coarse salt for the finished breadsticks […]

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 […]

Tillamook “Shortbread”

I made these recently as an appetizer to go with wine — YUH-HUM-MEEEE!! 11/2 cups all purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 8 oz room temperature, unsalted butter 2 cups grated white cheddar, like Tillamook Vintage White Cheddar 1/4 teaspoon thyme Preheat the oven to 325°F. In a food processer, combine the flour thyme and salt. […]