Sugar Plum Martini

Dec 22, 2016

Sugar Plum Martini

It’s the Christmas season—what can I say?   Part of me wanted to create a whole suite of Nutcracker themed martinis!  But in the end, I went with just one, a  Sugar Plum Martini, sans fairy even.   All of this took me back to a very distant memory–of real, actual, sugar plums.  One long-ago Christmas, my father brought home an expensive … Continue reading

Bite of Southwest Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Nov 20, 2016

Southwest Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

I love pumpkin soups.  But after a while they start to look the same.  Pumpkin with curry, pumpkin with coconut, pumpkin with curry and coconut…  Why not one with a Southwest flair? Pumpkin Black Bean Soup?  Since I started taking some classes this fall, I am trying to cook… compactly.  That is, can I make a dish that is simple, … Continue reading

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup

Aug 28, 2016

Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup

  Shhh, fall is coming.  In some ways, the transition to fall is subtle.  An orange leaf here, a cool night there.  In other ways, it may be sudden.  Bam—the peppers (or orange squash) are here!  This week’s CSA box was graced with ripe peppers and tomatoes.  So it was time to revive my Roasted Tomato Red Pepper Soup! 

Cherries in red wine over ice cream

Aug 2, 2016

Cherries in Red Wine

I just got back from a great event—the American Cheese Society conference, in Des Moines, IA.  In addition to lots of great cheese, there was fine charcuterie and other specialty foods like jams and honeys. I was afraid to step on the scale when I returned! Now it goes without saying that cheese was the star! But the fancy canned … Continue reading

Elderflower Cordial

Jul 13, 2016

Elderflower Cordial (Elderflower Syrup)

  I was hungry and tired and my spirits were low,   For I got neither whiskey nor cordial. I hadn’t heard the old Irish folksong in years, but making Elderflower Cordial brought it back. Although I doubt the down-on-his-luck farmhand was thinking of non-alcoholic elderflower cordial, I like a straight fruit or flower syrup which gives me the option … Continue reading

Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad closeup

Jun 18, 2016

Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad

You may already be somewhat familiar with today’s Butter Lettuce Strawberry Salad. There is a popular version circulating on the internet, prepared with spinach.  But I prefer my mother’s version–made using butter lettuce.  I like the way the sweet-tender lettuce pairs with the juicy berries and contrasts with the crisp pecans.  All topped with a rosy poppy seed dressing.  A … Continue reading

A Peach Bellini on the Deck

Jun 12, 2016

Refreshing Peach Bellini

Ready for some summer entertaining? Whether it’s brunch or drinks on the deck, a fruity cocktail can add flavor and flair to your event. Why not take advantage of one of the great fruits of summer, and make a sweet and tasty Peach Bellini?   A Peach Bellini is a cocktail made from pureed peaches and, traditionally, Prosecco, though other sparkling … Continue reading

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

May 22, 2016

Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles

Can the weather have multiple personality disorder?  We had frost last week, shorts weather over the weekend and next week will plunge back to highs of 50-something. I am going to stop trying to plan planning and just keep Strawberry Lemonade Popsicles in the freezer!   But summer will come—and I’m determined to take full advantage!                 … Continue reading

Strawberry Blueberry Galette a la mode

May 15, 2016

Strawberry Blueberry Galette

I am particular about my fruit pies. The fruit must be tender, the flavor, sweet-tart.  But especially important is the ratio of fruit to crust.  I expect the two to meld like a symphony,  the deep bass of the crust complimenting but not to overtaking the melody of the fruit.  And I call my kids picky!    This Strawberry Blueberry Galette … Continue reading

Feb 9, 2016

Quick Red Flannel Hash

Eating local is in.  At least during the summer.  Winter can be another story…  it probably calls for a lot more root vegetables than most people are comfortable with.  But if you think foods like beets can be scary, a breakfast of Red Flannel Hash might just change your mind.     Hash is probably best known as potatoes fried up … Continue reading