What I’m Reading in January

Isa Does It: Amazingly Easy, Wildly Delicious Vegan Recipes for Every Day of the Week January is all about self improvement.  No cocktail recipes for me this month.  No sir. Like just about everyone, I’m trying to eat less meat and dairy.  To that end I thought I’d check out a vegan cookbook.  I’m hoping […]

Gin Martini

You have to really like gin to like a gin martini.  Cheap gin is terrible so don’t bother with this cocktail if you don’t want to splurge on the good stuff. For this recipe you’ll need: a splash of dry vermouth 2 ounces cold gin lemon peel or martini olives for garnish Pour a splash […]

Soft Boiled Eggs

Everyone has their own recipe for boiling eggs.  This is mine borrowed from Cook’s Illustrated. Bring about 2″ of water to a rolling boil.  Add eggs directly from the fridge.  Cook for 6 1/2 minutes with the lid on. Remove from heat and run under cold water until the eggs are cool enough to handle. […]

Classic Brownies

These brownies are basically amazing. Plan ahead because you really do need to let them cool for a few hours before cutting them into squares. This is my go-to recipe when I need to bring a dessert somewhere new. Brownies are easy to serve and eat, and everyone loves them. They let people know what […]

My Recipe Book

Wow, there sure are a lot of people posting new and creative recipes out there! I’ve been struggling to figure out how my blog can be interesting and useful amid such creativity and craziness. It occurred to me that the best recipes are the ones that you make time and time again. They are the […]

Breakfast Favorites

To be honest breakfast is not a meal I spend a lot of time on. But for those rare special breakfasts, here are a few of my favorite recipes. Gravlax with Cream Cheese and Bagels Persimmon Bellini Poached Egg with Truffle Toast Soft Boiled Eggs Warm Persimmon Compote over French Toast Enjoy!

My Favorite Desserts

This is a long, long list.  I always offer to bring dessert to a party and I’ve gathered a collection of praise-worthy recipes. Like the main course, I think dessert is a place where you can go completely crazy.  The key is to use great ingredients (no low fat substitutions please) and to make sure […]

My Favorite Salads and Sides

Our weekly CSA delivery has forced me to become creative with veggies.  Many of my favorite salads and sides are simple ways to use us all those veggies.  But a few are old favorites that I count on for parties and family dinners.  Celery Root Puree – seems fancy but it’s super easy and really […]

Baking Favorites

My only rule about baking it that the results must be worth the calories.  If it’s not amazing it’s not worth it. Here are some of my favorite recipes. BARS Brownies Passion Fruit Squares CAKES Persimmon and Pomegranate Upside Down Cake COOKIES Crunchy Oatmeal Chip Cookies with Dried Fruit and Nuts Rustic Lemon Macarons Triple […]

My Favorite Appetizer Recipes

In my opinion appetizers should be easy to put together.  I tend to go overboard on the main course and dessert so I don’t have a lot of time to spend on the starters. These are my go to recipes for parties and family gatherings. Figs with Blue Cheese and Honey – A late summer […]