Asparagus Soup with Crème Fraîche and Lemon

Believe it or not, I hated asparagus when I was a kid. Silly me! Now older and wiser, I love the green spears however they are served: steamed, blanched, grilled, or turned into a screamingly-delicious soup. Read more »

Fast Food: Linguine with Ramps and Asiago

Here in New York's Hudson River Valley (and maybe in your neck o' the woods, too), ramps are in season. To celebrate, I sauteed these rock stars of spring in olive oil and red pepper flakes, and tossed them into some al dente linguine. Here's the recipe for this super-fast main course, along with the answer to your burning question: "What the heck are ramps?" Read more »

Easy Elegance: Poached Salmon and Veggies

When I made this for dinner last Saturday, the Silver Fox proclaimed it "heaven on a plate." It's a swoon-worthy symphony of salmon fillets and veggies, all poached together in a lemon-kissed broth, and then served, if you wish, on a bed of baby kale leaves. It's a healthy dish. It's low-carb, too. And it's devastatingly delicious. Read more »

Rustic Bacon and Onion Tart

There's nothing about this tart that isn't wonderful. To make it, I simply poured some popover batter into a baking dish, and covered it with crisp bacon and sweetly-caramelized onion. As the tart bakes, the crust puffs up and surrounds the sumptuous filling. Are you drooling yet? Here's the easy step-by-step: Read more »

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Oh, April. Wherefore art thou? Yesterday, a ferocious storm roared through New York's Hudson River Valley, covering the greening grass and in-bloom daffodils with several inches of snow. To warm my body, I lit a fire in the fireplace. And to soothe my soul, I grilled up some Portobello Mushroom Burgers. Read more »

Crispy Orange Juice Waffles

BREAKING NEWS: I've decided that Orange Juice Waffles are the best waffles in the world. They're crispy outside, tender inside, and fabulously infused with a sunny citrus scent. Need a good reason to drag out the waffle iron you haven't used since 1992? This recipe is for you. Read more »

Tofu-Topped Piperade

Some day you'll thank me for this recipe. It's sauteed bell peppers and onions (or what the French call "Piperade"), plus a crispy topping of sesame seed-coated tofu. For such a humble dish, I think it's delicious. It's vegan, too, and thus ideal for anyone who can't eat meat, wheat, or dairy. Read more »