Blueberry Bars — Again!

June 22, 2014
IMG_4276I WROTE ABOUT THESE BLUEBERRY BARS during the summer of 2012. And today, because Jennifer Josephy (my cookbook editor) is visiting from NYC, and because I needed something fan-frickin'-tastic to accompany our Afternoon Tea, I decided to make them again. Here's the step-by-step recipe, now with much nicer photographs! Read more »

Easy-Peazy Cheese Crackers (GF)

February 7, 2014
IMG_8471THESE TWO-INGREDIENT CRACKERS are crisp, delicious, and elegant. I wouldn't hesitate to serve them at a swanky cocktail gathering. They make terrific after-school snacks, too. In fact, your kids will probably leap at the chance to help you make them. Ready for some fun? Let's make these cheesy good things! Read more »

Sunday Brunch: Creamy Gratin of Hard Cooked Eggs

May 23, 2013
IMG_9534FOR A BREAKFAST OR BRUNCH PARTY, nothing beats this Creamy Gratin of Hard Cooked Eggs. It’s easy to make. It’s gluten-free. And it’s rapturously-delicious. It’s also cook-friendly, because you can make the whole dish a day in advance, and then simply pop it in the oven shortly before your guests arrive. Here’s the recipe: Read more »

Cheese & Thyme Gougères

June 17, 2012
IMG_6984NEED A CLASSY APPETIZER for your next cocktail party? Try the savory Gougères (pr. "goo-ZHAIR") pictured up top. These are made from Choux pastry, the same easy dough used for cream puffs and eclairs. You can form a great many gougères and then freeze them, unbaked, just as I do. Then, when guests arrive, simply pop the little balls in the oven, where they will puff to perfection. I season mine with fresh thyme from the garden, and a generous amount of Gruyère cheese. The recipe: Read more »

Greek-Style Yogurt

March 7, 2012
IMG_4857I CAN'T SING THE PRAISES of Greek-style yogurt loudly enough. It's luxurious. It's thick and creamy. It's rich in pro-biotics. I love it for breakfast, either all on its own or topped with berries (or with my homemade granola). It's great on a baked potato, too, in place of sour cream. Yet for all these healthy, delicious attributes, this yogurt (and all yogurt) is unbelievably easy to make. My method, and a little science: Read more »

Homemade Mozzarella in 30 Minutes

March 3, 2012
IMG_8162WHAT'S MORE FUN THAN A BARREL OF MONKEYS? Making your own mozzarella cheese. I made the shiny, perfectly-textured, unbelievably delicious loaf pictured up top in only 30 minutes. The ingredients are as simple as the recipe: Read more »

Homemade Cottage Cheese

July 16, 2011
Homemade Cottage Cheese

MMMMM…take a bite of homemade cottage cheese, and you’ll think you’re eating a cloud. It’s light. It’s fluffy. It’s the kind of thing I like to fold into pancake batter for breakfast, or to serve with blueberries for dessert. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this ambrosia, or how self-reliant you’ll feel… Read more »