Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Chocolate Fluffernutter Martini

Recipe for a vodka cocktail flavored with marshmallow, chocolate and peanut butter.

Did you grow up with fluffernutter sandwiches? Do you still sometimes make one for yourself? Come on, tell the truth. It's overly sweet, way too sticky and...we still love them.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Loaded Breakfast Pot Pie

Recipe for a breakfast casserole with layers of potatoes, eggs, bacon and cheese, topped with biscuits.

The holidays are probably the only time I even remotely consider entertaining guests for breakfast. I don't mean that I invite them over for a breakfast party, a la Barefoot Contessa. Ina Garten is my hero but I really can't get it together before, at least, brunch. But if family and friends are visiting, possibly staying with me, it's nice to give them something a little more special than a bowl of cereal. Just to keep it real, I'm usually so uncoordinated in the morning that even adding milk to my cereal sometimes seems like too many steps.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving Pie Round-Up


So, it's Wednesday. The day before Thanksgiving. And you've done your shopping and set your table and prepped all the various bits and parts of the epic feast. But you haven't made the pies. Not sure what flavor to make? Nervous about becoming involved with pie dough? Hoping dearly that all your guests will declare they've given up sugar? Nah, you've got this.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Roasted Honeynut Squash Salad with Candied Pecans

Recipe for salad served inside a roasted honeynut squash and topped with pomegranate arils, candied pecans and a tahini dressing.

I feel like the only food I eat lately is tastings of cake and cookie batter. OK, that's possibly a slight exaggeration but I was feeling like the fresh greens took a back seat once the temperature started dipping.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Maple Glazed Autumn Spice Treat Cakes

Recipe for lightly spiced cinnamon and ginger mini cakes with a maple glaze.

OK, I confess that I have very little ability to resist baking pans with adorable autumn themed shapes. My problem extends to cookie and pie cutters, too. Fortunately, this recipe can be made just as well in large muffin cups or even mini bundt molds. So you don't have to buy this particular baking dish although, clearly I couldn't resist it.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Cheesy Spaetzle and Mushroom Bake

Recipe for homemade noodles with a sauce of mushrooms and Pecorino Romano cheese.

It's been such an unusually warm autumn in New York that I almost didn't notice that somebody pulled the winter switch somewhere. I stepped out the other day to walk my dog, wearing the light jacket that's been my staple this past month, and suddenly had to run back upstairs to grab a winter coat, gloves and scarf. Going from 70 degrees down to 20 is just not right, Mother Nature.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

White Bean Stew with Bacon

Recipe for a thick, creamy, bean and bacon stew.

Confession. When the weather is chilly and I don't have to feed anyone but myself, I pretty much live on soup for dinner. Just give me a slice of crusty bread and a big bowl of hot, preferably creamy, soup and I'm good till breakfast. Is that weird?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Roasted Cauliflower Gratin with Crispy Shallots

Recipe for a cheddar cheese cauliflower gratin topped with fried shallots.

Let's talk vegetable side dishes. Whether you're planning the meal for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any entertaining in between, I'm upping my roasted cauliflower game big time.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Crumb Babka

Recipe for a yeast cake with swirls of chocolate, peanut butter and a crumb topping.

Growing up in New York, babkas were a part of my life. They're sweet, yeast risen cakes common in Eastern Europe (and, obviously, New York) where they were typically filled with dried fruit. The Jewish version is more common now and filled with chocolate and cinnamon, twisted into a loaf shape. If you're a fan of the old Seinfeld show, you know that Jerry considered the chocolate version superior and it's hard to argue with that.