Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pulled BBQ Brisket with Honey Cornmeal Biscuits

Recipe for cornmeal biscuits, sweetened with honey, and served with a BBQ pulled brisket.

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned before that there are certain food words that make me happy. Words like dumpling and biscuit, for example, make me stop to look. Cornmeal does that for me, too. I do love traditional cornbread but I'm also intrigued with adding cornmeal into non traditional foods, like cake. Today though, I'm going to combine two of my favorite words into these cornmeal biscuits.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Spiralized White and Sweet Potatoes with Za'atar Tahini

Recipe for spiralized and sauteed white and sweet potatoes with za'atar.

I held out a good long time. I passed up the spiralizers and continued happily slicing and julienning my vegetables. I told myself I did not really need one and went merrily on my way. But, the thoughts kept creeping back into my head of all the fun things I could do if I had one. And then came the email from my friends at OXO. I've worked with them a long time and love their tools...and they just came out with a spiralizer, they said...and would I like to try it, they said. Down the rabbit hole I fell.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Cheesy Tomato Quick Bread

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Recipe for a savory quick bread flavored with tomatoes and cheese.

I was having another one of those "what's for dinner" days. I ran through a bunch of options in my head and either they didn't really appeal to me or they required too many ingredients I didn't currently have in the house. Most of the time, when that happens, I end up with a breakfast for dinner kind of plan.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Blue Hurricane Cocktail

Recipe for a rum cocktail with orange and blueberry.

The first day of spring arrived, along with cold temperatures and wet snow. Hmm. It was so warm last week. Never mind because this is just the last bit of winter's protest at leaving. The tulips are coming up and the temperatures will rise next week. Let's celebrate.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Toasted Flax, Asparagus and Carrot Ribbon Salad

Recipe for a salad made with flax, asparagus and carrots topped with a tahini vinaigrette.

I know spring is right around the corner because the market is full of lovely asparagus. And now my refrigerator is as well. There's no way I can pass up these green beauties. Of course they're great on the grill and that's a summer pleasure for sure. But I actually like them crisp and raw.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with Smoked Cheddar and Thyme Croutons

Recipe for a soup made with Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes) and served with homemade smoked cheddar and thyme croutons.

We're kind of in that in-between period, weather wise, right now. Warmer days but chilly nights. The tulip buds are starting to pop out of the ground and spring is trying to make an appearance. Every day I scan the trees for signs of cherry blossoms but they're not ready yet. Must be the chilly evenings. And so I felt like making a warming soup but not one that would be overly heavy. And 'almost spring' kind of soup.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Ginger Bourbon Fizz

Recipe for a bourbon cocktail flavored with lemon and fresh ginger.

What lovely, lovely weather! Winter appears to have cleared out of here in a big hurry and suddenly we have sunshine and 65 degrees with the possibility of 70 degrees later in the week. Oh, the dog and I enjoyed a good long walk yesterday and I was craving a sparkly, lemony drink to celebrate.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Cheesy Cabbage Gratin

Recipe for a side dish of cabbage simmered in a cheesy sauce with a breadcrumb topping.

I seem to have an odd relationship with cabbage. Whenever I cook with it, I remember how much I like it and it conjures up happy childhood memories of my mother's amazing stuffed cabbage rolls and her favorite sweet and sour red cabbage. But when it's not specifically on my shopping list I walk right past it at the market. Oh, I do often pick up it's cousin, the Brussels sprout, but the large heads of cabbage don't go into my cart.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Elsewhere in...February 2016

Hi friends! This is the little monthly recap of my foodie adventures elsewhere on the web. Below is a delectable brunch cake I created for the folks at Cacique as well as the recipes I made for my Food column. Enjoy!

Friday, March 4, 2016

The Month in Review - February 2016

The Month in Review - February 2016

February is a fun month in that it contains both Valentine's Day and National Drink Wine Day. It also contains snow and freezing temperatures but that just meant we spent more time indoors eating the Valentine's desserts and drinking the wine. We should probably start thinking about eating some salad, huh? But first let's take a look back at the deliciousness of February. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Bubble and Squeak Fritters

Recipe for fritters made with mashed potatoes, cabbage and cheese.

Years ago, I was in England with my family. We stayed in London but spent a few days driving around the gorgeous countryside and eating in the quaintest, most adorable inns you can imagine. It was my first exposure to traditional English foods and to some of the best names of dishes ever! How can you even resist ordering a dish called bubble and squeak? Fortunately it was totally delicious.