Ham, Kale & Swiss Cheese Tart

March 18, 2014
IMG_9677wbTHIS RUSTIC TART makes me purr like a contented kitten. It's filled with smokey ham and earthy kale. It's scented with nutmeg and a splash of dry vermouth. It's baked on a bed of tender, buttery, Pate Brisee. It's...something you need to try: Read more »

Shirred Eggs with Herbs & Garlic

March 4, 2014
IMG_9239wbI MADE THIS FOR DINNER TONIGHT, and couldn't wait to share the recipe with you. It's a French country dish that involves eggs. And cream. And a heavenly topping of garlic, Asiago, and fresh, fragrant herbs. In other words, it's powerfully-delicious: Read more »

Lamb Chops with Rosemary & Mint

January 13, 2014
IMG_7699A PAIR OF INEXPENSIVE LAMB CHOPS jumped into my shopping cart the other day. I brought them home, soaked them in mustard, garlic, and fresh, fragrant herbs, and then popped them under the broiler. The result? Tender succulence, baby. The recipe: Read more »

Perfect Gluten-Free Pancakes

January 9, 2014
IMG_7590SURE, I'm a wheat-eating, gluten-loving foodie. But I love garbanzo bean pancakes. These soft, perfectly-textured breads are gluten-free. They are guilt-free, too, because they contain loads of fiber. And they are knock-your-socks-off delicious. Here's the recipe: Read more »

Thyme & Wine Beef Stew (Gluten-free!)

January 3, 2014
IMG_7457WHEN A SNOWSTORM IS RAGING, and temperatures have plunged into the single digits, my advice is to make a French beef stew. As it simmers quietly, the stew will fill your kitchen (and probably your entire house, too) with the comforting aromas of thyme, red wine, garlic, and caramelized meat. My recipe for this melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness: Read more »

A Perfectly Pink “Prime” Rib-Roast

December 23, 2013
IMG_7246WHO ELSE is planning to serve "prime" rib for Christmas or New Year's dinner? I tried out a new (to me) cooking technique on a five-pound rib-roast the other day, and can tell you the results were melt-in-your-mouth spectacular! Read more »

Kevin’s Caramelized Butternut Squash Soup

November 22, 2013
IMG_6036I LOVE THIS BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP. It's a blissful brew of caramelized squash, smokey bacon, savory thyme, and smooth sherry, all blended to perfumed perfection. It's delicious for breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. I often serve it as the first course for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Everybody loves it! Here's the recipe: Read more »