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 »

Rhubarb Galette with Red Currant Glaze

This rustic poem is neither too tart nor too sweet. It's just...perfectly perfect! My step-by-step recipe: Read more »

Clotted (“Devonshire”) Cream

I love clotted (or "Devonshire" or "Cornwall") cream. I love it on fresh fruit. I love it on home-baked scones. I love it on... anything and everything. And would you believe this heavenly condiment is a cinch to make? All you need is a quart of heavy cream. 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 »