Vegetarian

One More Time! Parker House Rolls

One More Time! Parker House Rolls

There are a lot of paths to the same destination. (Sound pretty Zen? I’m having one of those mornings.) I previously posted an excellent recipe for Parker House Rolls on Blue Cayenne (Here), but learned this new recipe in a Sur La Table class this […]

A Ligurian Great-Grandmother And An Artichoke Torta To Remember

A Ligurian Great-Grandmother And An Artichoke Torta To Remember

  For regular people, this is a wonderful dish. For artichoke aficionados this dish makes the earth move. This torta has lots of meaty artichokes (two pounds of hearts) suspended in an airy parmesan cheese and egg custard. Artichokes and egg custard. Wow. This recipe […]

Michael Feinstein, Alexa and Me: Grape Tomato and Basil Risotto

Michael Feinstein, Alexa and Me: Grape Tomato and Basil Risotto

This week’s farmers’ market had the most beautiful grape tomatoes in the history of the world. Impulsively, I bought three baskets. Whoa! What does one person (and a small sweet dog) do with three baskets of ripe tomatoes? So, this morning I bucked myself up […]

Southern Comfort: Lemon Buttermilk Ice

Southern Comfort: Lemon Buttermilk Ice

Pucker up for this one. This Lemon Buttermilk Ice recipe is adapted from one authored by Steven Satterfield, executive chef/co-owner at Atlanta’s Miller Union and author of the Root To Leaf cookbook. ( Amazon: Root To Leaf  ) Satterfield is a James Beard Foundation award winner […]

An Irish Girl and Mashed Potato Salad with Scallions and Herbs

An Irish Girl and Mashed Potato Salad with Scallions and Herbs

Everyone loves potato salad. Right? Add a dash of Irish heritage and you move right past love to a near obsession. That would be me. True. I haven’t taken the Ancestry.com DNA test.  (I’m waiting for that proverbial Irish bargain sale.) Nevertheless, I’m pretty sure […]

Smashed and Seared Beets

Smashed and Seared Beets

John Keats wrote that “a thing of beauty is a joy forever.” So it is with this beautiful salad. The colors are intense. The flavors and textures are delightful. There is joy on your plate. But why do certain foods, like this beautiful salad, tempt […]

You Need This No-Knead Bread

You Need This No-Knead Bread

Trust me. You can do this. I know. I know. It’s (eek!) bread making. Still. This recipe is a “take” on  the slow-rise fermentation bread making technique that was popularized some years ago by Jim Lahey, founder of New York’s  Sullivan Street Bakery. Mark Bittman, […]

Israeli Couscous, Eggplant and Tomato Gratin

Israeli Couscous, Eggplant and Tomato Gratin

It hasn’t worked for me with kale or spirulina, but I’m willing myself to love eggplant. As you know, if you have been reading this blog, eggplant and I have a fraught relationship–a bit like Donald and Melania. Eggplant recipes, especially ones that tout their […]

Julia’s Provencale Tomato Sauce

Julia’s Provencale Tomato Sauce

  We have a lot of things to thank Julia Child for beyond the fact that she popularized French home cooking here in the U.S. She made cooking cool. She pioneered a cooking show genre that has exploded into the countless cooking shows that eat […]

Artichokes: Grilled and Smothered and Delicious

Artichokes: Grilled and Smothered and Delicious

Anyone out there who doesn’t like artichokes? I don’t see any hands. I think artichokes are a bit like avocados. Even served simply without a whole lot of fuss, both vegetables generate a lot of buzz around the table. Carrots and celery certainly don’t get […]