Almond Crescents

1 cup shortening (half butter) 1/3 c. sugar 2/3 c. ground almonds 1 2/3 c. flour 1/4 t. salt 1 c. powdered sugar 1 t. cinnamon Thoroughly blend the shortening/butter, sugar and ground almonds.  Sift the flour and salt together and then work the dry mixture in to the sugar mixture. Roll dough with hands […]

Pastel de Azteca

I think this is a vintage 70’s recipe — my mother’s Aunt Allie’s recipe. Think of it as a type of Mexican lasagne.  At the time, it was quite the treat, creamy, chickeny, sort of enchilada-like. I added some onion and garlic for flavor, and just because.  I think my mom is craving those recipes […]

Mom’s Divinity

Christmas isn’t Christmas without Mom’s cookie platter at the end of dinner:  sugar cookies, walnut snowballs, white fruitcake, apricot bars, almond crescents, toffee and divinity — pink (my favorite) and white. Divinity is like eating a tablespoon of sugar — but you have to have a couple of those at Christmas. I think it’s out […]

Carrots Glazed with Balsamic Vinegar and Butter

10 servings 1 stick butter 3 1/2 lbs peeled baby carrots or regular carrots, peeled, cut into 2″ pieces, halved lengthwise 6 T. sugar 1/3 c. balsamic vinegar 1/4 c. chopped fresh chives Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat.  Add carrots and saute 5 minutes.  Cover and cook until carrots are crsip-tender, […]

Mary’s Version of Ina’s Lentil Sausage Soup

A delicious bowl of comfort. Mary made this for some meals for my mom who’s recovering from a bad fall. It made me feel way better too! Makes 4 quarts; Serves 8 to 10 1 lb. French green lentils such as du Puy 1/4 c. olive oil, plus extra for serving 4 c. diced yellow […]

Barley Beef Soup with Vegies

I’m back to cooking after several months of not being taste anything.  I’ve made this two weekends in a row — super easy to make — and I have lunch and dinner for a couple of days. Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1  1/2 pounds beef chuck steak or roast, cut into chunks, 1 medium […]

Cranberry Orange Tea Bread

1/2 cup pecans or walnuts 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon orange zest, finely minced 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces 1 large egg, well beaten 3/4 cup freshly squeezed […]

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 […]

Walnut Snowballs

Russian Teacakes, Mexican Wedding Cakes, or the more plebian Butterballs–these are among our family favorite Christmas cookies.  All these instructions for just four ingredients!  My mother and I learned that we are not cut out to write recipes. . . together. 1 cup butter or margarine 6 T. of powdered sugar 2 c. flour 2 c. […]

Orzo with Everything

My favorite summer salad! When going to a “get together” my favorite thing to bring is Orzo with Everything! Simple to make, I love the different textures it provides! It’s surprising to take a bite into the pasta and crunch a pine nut! Yummy!     1 1/2 cups orzo (rice-shaped pasta; about 10 ounces) […]