Gift Ideas for Cooks

Need some gift-ideas for the cook in your life? Maybe I can help. Here are some of the cherished workhorses in own kitchen, all saddled up for you: Read more »

Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup: Sexy Sides

Need a little inspiration for Thanksgiving dinner? Here are links to 16 delicious side-dishes that have appeared on my own holiday table over the years. Most are easy to make, some are gluten-free, and all are guaranteed to please! Read more »

Glazed Orange Tart

I made this unusual tart for a small brunch party last weekend, and it was devoured -- with gusto -- in a flash. Not to worry -- I made the same tart this morning, so that you could taste it, too! Read more »

Quinoa Stuffing with Leeks, Sage, and Sun Dried Tomatoes (GF)

I love wheat. I love meat. I love sugary French desserts. But I also love quinoa! It's a "super food" with a delightful crunch and a neutral taste. Toss it with sauteed leeks, fresh sage, and sun-dried tomatoes, as I did the other day, and BAM -- you'll have a Thanksgiving "stuffing" that even your gluten-avoiding friends can enjoy. Read more »

Apple Salad with Pumpkin Bread Croutons

Oh, baby. I ordered this salad at Yianni's in Chatham, New York, a couple of weeks ago, and it was so un-frickin'-believably delicious that I couldn't wait to make a similar version at home. Read more »

Linguine with Butternut Squash Sauce

What's infinitely-more interesting than tomato-based pasta sauce? Garlicky, herby, winter squash sauce! Toss it with sturdy strands of linguine, and trust me -- you'll have to fend off marriage proposals. Read more »

My Favorite Pumpkin Bread

My mother baked this pumpkin bliss every autumn during my "growning-up" years. What a scandalous treat! It's moist, sweet, and definitely delicious. But then, what else would you expect from a batter that contains 1 1/2 sticks of butter and 2 honking cups of sugar? Read more »