Kale Pesto – My Way

September 12, 2014
IMG_8207GOT KALE? Make my garlicky, lemony, kale pesto! It's delicious on...everything. Serve it with crackers at your next cocktail party, or as a gorgeous topping for grilled chicken or baked salmon. Or, do what I did yesterday, and stir it into steaming strands of angel hair pasta. Yum, yum, yum. The easy recipe: Read more »

Turnip Fritters

September 9, 2014
IMG_8073BELIEVE IT OR NOT, these Turnip Fritters are frickin' fantastic -- bronze and crisp on the outside, tender and creamy on the inside. Serve them with ketchup for an after-school snack, or use them, as I do, as a superior substitute for a hamburger patty. They are fun to make: Read more »

Food Processor Giveaway/Winner Announced

September 7, 2014
IMG_7879And the winner is...Susan M., comment #135. Congrats, Susan! To collect your prize, just send me a note. Read more »

Easy Crème Brûlée (GF)

September 4, 2014
IMG_7934I love crème brûlée. I love making it. I love eating it. I love tapping my spoon against the glass ceiling of burnt sugar, and breaking into the voluptuous, vanilla-scented custard below. Are you drooling yet? Here's the easy recipe: Read more »

My September House & Garden Chores

September 2, 2014
IMG_0137SEPTEMBER is my "get ready for winter" month. It's time to divide and reset certain perennials, to order and plant bulbs, and to acclimate vacationing houseplants for their return to indoor life. Feeling energetic? Good. Because one of us can sip a martini...while one of us goes to work! Read more »

Puff Pastry Pesto Pizza

August 27, 2014
IMG_7681OH, BABY. I hope you're hungry, because I've just pulled this sexy, seasonal "pizza" from the oven. The (store-bought) puff pastry crust is layered with fragrant pesto, rounds of red tomato, black olives and Parmesan cheese. It's chic enough for formal dining. It's screamingly-delicious. And it's really easy to make! Read more »

Creating A “Baking Center”

August 25, 2014
IMG_7582DEEP-CLEANING THE KITCHEN is my late-summer, "back-to-school" ritual. I empty every cabinet and drawer, and then ruthlessly toss the things I don't want, need, use, or have room for. Here, for instance, is how I recently cleaned an unkempt cabinet, and turned it into a well-organized "Baking Center": Read more »