Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

March 11, 2015
IMG_9404I LOVE IRISH SODA BREAD. It's fast. It's easy. Make it with coarsely-ground whole wheat (or "graham") flour and a little brown sugar, as I do, and you'll find it's magically delicious. Read more »

Kevin’s Carrot-Ginger-Orange Soup

March 10, 2015
009I served this soup as the first course for a dinner party last Saturday, and everybody loved it. They loved it so much, in fact, that after seconds and thirds were offered and accepted, there was no soup left in the pot. Not to worry -- I made another batch today, so that you can taste it, too! Here's the recipe: Read more »

Bubble and Squeak with Mushroom Gravy

March 3, 2015
148I made Bubble and Squeak the other day, and it comforted my soul. It comforted Brenda Johnson's soul, too, because I made up a plate for her to taste-test. Here's my version of this British classic, along with the answer to your burning question: "What the heck is Bubble and Squeak?" Read more »

Garden Chores for March, 2015

February 27, 2015
IMG_2683What do I do for my garden in March? Well, if the ground is frozen and covered with a foot of snow, I simply mix up a double martini and wait for better weather. Otherwise, I get down and dirty with the following chores: Read more »

Petit Fours with White Chocolate Glaze

February 24, 2015
182Why do I make lots of 19th-century desserts? Because the ghosts who inhabit my house demand them. Today, for instance, Sarah Wild (1793-1872) requested little cakes, or Petit Fours, for Afternoon Tea. How could I refuse? Read more »

Cottage Cheese Pancakes (Low-Carb!)

February 22, 2015
093How can I eat cottage cheese pancakes and still maintain, at the age of 107, an Adonis-like figure? I'm so glad you asked! Let me share a few secrets with you: Read more »

Pretzel Rolls!

February 17, 2015
095There's nothing I don't love about pretzel rolls. I love their bronzed, sexy outsides, and their deliciously-chewy interiors. You can't beat 'em for hamburger buns. And get this -- the rolls are really easy to make! Read more »