July 4, 2011
roasted vegetables

Roasted vegetable sandwiches are part of my kitchen repertoire.  I change my vegetables...

July 4, 2011
poached egg

I love poached eggs.  These delicate packages are delicious on toast, with beans, and atop...

July 3, 2011
Cranberry Mint Sorbet

  Sorbet is so easy to make at home, I don't know why everyone isn't doing it! While...

June 26, 2011
chicken cordon bleu

Chicken cordon bleu is often thought of as a French dish but it was actually an American innovation...

May 31, 2011
limoncello

Years ago, I spent a lovely weekend with friends in a tiny cabin we rented on a picturesque lemon...

May 22, 2011

If you walk into any Spanish eatery, whether a small cafeteria or an upscale restaurant, you will...

May 18, 2011

I first had this pizza in a restaurant in Spain believe it or not.  I loved it so much that I...

October 19, 2009

It's funny how our tastebuds change as we age. Not too long ago, eggplant was on my shortlist...

January 14, 2009
malfatti

For such an amazingly good dish it has such a pessimistic name: malfatti. In Italian, malfatti...

December 25, 2008
crab cioppino

For as long as I can remember we've always had crab cioppino on Christmas Eve. It was a...

December 22, 2008
chorizo

There's an old cliché that says, "People who like politics and sausage shouldn't...

December 2, 2008
Lamb Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's pie is a comforting meat pie made with layers of lamb (typically leftover from a...

November 18, 2008
creamy porcini polenta

I know I've talked to you about polenta before, and specifically an exotic mushroom polenta,...

November 3, 2008
gremolata

Gremolata is a traditional accompaniment to Osso Buco, an Italian dish of braised veal shank. It is...

November 3, 2008

Some people turn their noses up at the mention of oxtail, but this underrated meat is succulently...

October 23, 2008

The tree outside my window is the most striking array of orange and gold. I love this time of year...

July 30, 2008
pasta estate

In Italy, when the first tomatoes of the season are ripe for plucking, they celebrate summer by...

July 29, 2008
gazpacho

Not long ago I posted a recipe for a chunky California-style gazpacho. It was such a hit that I...

July 27, 2008

Polenta is one of my favorite comfort foods. Nothing beats a heaping bowl of this peasant food made...

July 15, 2008
harissa

If you like hot and spicy foods then you’d love harissa, a North African chili paste most...

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