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…

MY MOTHER’S RECIPE #1- Italian Ricotta Cookies

Hi there, A friend of mine reminded me that in May we celebrate Mother’s Day. Bev suggested I do something with mother’s and grandmother’s recipes for the month. Thank you Bev. I am going to start out with my mother-in-law’s ricotta cookie recipe. This cookie is without doubt her son’s favorite cookie in the world….

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…

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

“The word “power” just ruins my idea of breakfast.” Marian Cunningham I was out of town last week and I missed the final Thursday in March. So I am a day late but not a dollar short with the subject of this post. For my final salute to female chef’s I am going to talk…

BROWNIE CHEESECAKE – for when chocolate just isn’t enough

Hi there, I am going to share with you a super easy recipe for a bundt cake. This cake is so decadent that you might have to go to confession after you make it for leading everyone into temptation. “A basic rule of baking is that, in general, it’s almost impossible to make an inedible…

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,…

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

“You could probably get through life without knowing how to roast a chicken, but the question is, would you want to?” Nigella Lawson Hi there, March is Women’s History Month. So for the next four weeks and I am going to write about a woman chef who you may not be familiar with. Today I…

MEATLOAF – So many versions, so little time

“To have a basic ingredient that can be prepared a million different ways is a beautiful thing.” Alice Waters Hi there, The recipe I am going to share today is for meatloaf. It seems from my research that we humans have been eating meatloaf for a very long time. There are competing histories, including the…

Scrippelle ‘mbusse(Crepes for Shrove Tuesday)

“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.” Abraham Maslow Hi there, I hope you won’t be bored with another soup type recipe. This recipe comes from the Abruze Region of Italy where surprisingly it gets cold in the winter. There is a very charming story about how this soup came about. Tradition…