MY MOTHER’S RECIPE #2 – Move over Poilâne

Hi there, My grandson, Lucas, has been interested in cooking and baking since he was old enough to put Hershey kisses in peanut butter blossom cookies. His mother has cooked with him since he was knee high to a grasshopper. As a result of that time spent with Mom in the kitchen, he has become…

Cauliflower – a tale of three friends

Hi there, My bestie, Fran, gave to me a cookbook by Eric Ripert on vegetables. It was a totally unnecessary present to thank me for just doing something a loyal friend does. Fran is someone who knows me inside and out. We met ankle deep at the baby pool and have been inseparable ever since….

CRAZY COVID COOKING #2 – saving our sanity by sharing our recipes

Hi there, During the relentlessly interchangeable days of the pandemic lockdown a member of our group named Mag could always be counted on to make us smile. I know we all looked forward to Mag’s text messages. Somehow she was able to examine our shared experience, absolutely hit the target regarding our feelings and then…

BINGO AND BREAKFAST – a recipe and a tale of kindness

Hi there, On Sunday I took my grandchildren to an event that featured breakfast and bingo. I was struck by how the French toast was prepared. It was served as a pull apart muffin. This was a very clever presentation indeed and I decided to try to duplicate it. I will get to that in…

Asparagus Soup – spring is bustin out all over

Hi there, When I was a very young woman I moved to New Jersey. I was befriended by Joanne. Joanne was like a glass of Prosecca – she just bubbled. She made everything fun. She loved to entertain and cook and her attitude toward food could be defined by her signature statement, “you don’t have…

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH – let’s hear it for the girls

Hi there, My friend Nancy sent me the suggestion to write about Sara Foster. Thank you Nancy. It was terrific fun learning about Sara. Sara Foster is a chef, restaurant owner and a cookbook author who lives in Durham, North Carolina. She is the founder and owner of the gourmet cafe and market Foster’s Market,…

D. W.’S SECRET SAUCE

“BAM” Emeril Lagasse Hi There, All cultures have some variety of pepper plants, of differing intensities, that they cultivate and use to add that “BAM” to their cooking. Archaeobiologist have discovered that ancient peoples were enjoying spicy food made with hot peppers even before they got around to inventing pottery. Today I am going to…

WEEKEND COOKING

If a recipe has the word PIZZA in it, it is absolutely guaranteed that I will read it. I think pizza is an aphrodisiac. What follows are three recipes that caught my eye this week that had the word pizza in the title. “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry…

Another BOGO Recipe

Hi there, Today I am going to share with you two recipes using fig preserves. A few years ago, my husband planted two fig trees. (We live in New Jersey, so you can see I married an optimist). Well, to my delight, the trees produced an abundance of figs. Like any other fresh fruit, the…

A TWO FOR ONE TIME SAVER

Hi there, Today I am going to share one of my favorite time saver recipes. You will get a recipe for roasted olives that can be made as an appetizer one day and then the left overs used to create cod provencal. Not only are you getting two creations out of one recipe but you…