• Meatloaf

    Monday, 10 April 2017

    As a kid, meatloaf was never my favorite dinner. I mean, it was fine, it just wasn’t my favorite. I did like watching my Mother make it and I remember so vividly her announcing that she was done putting it together and getting ready to put it in the oven and giving me and my brother a taste of the raw meat, mixed with raw egg. Nasty. It was NOT steak tartare but we loved it. Looking back, I wonder what she was thinking giving us raw meat and raw egg – things you wouldn’t dream of giving your children now. You can get sick from that stuff. But what did we know . . .. Probably the only one in the world (besides me) who remembers this happening is my older brother. It was kind of a highlight tasting that raw meatloaf mixed...

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  • Cabbage and Potato Gratin

    Thursday, 30 March 2017

    My friend Theresa is a really good cook. She’s ‘by the book’ and has an eye for a good recipe. I can be somewhat haphazard in my cooking. For instance, if I am missing an ingredient that I consider ‘optional,’ I might just go ahead and make the recipe anyway or replace the missing ingredient with something that I think might be similar. I am pretty sure that sometimes what I think is ‘optional’ is not. Theresa would likely consider this behavior heresy and I’m sure she would be right – she’s usually right about stuff. Theresa would not skip or replace an ingredient. Theresa would go to the store and procure the missing ingredient and of course her meal would turn out better than mine. Perhaps. Maybe....

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  • Cherry Hand Pies

    Tuesday, 14 March 2017

    My Dad loves pies. I have vivid memories of going to Dupars in the Valley with my Dad when I was a little kid and ordering pie with him. He has hysterical stories that he tells about his interactions with the Dupar’s waitresses who I remember would wear uniforms with aprons. My dad is a charmer and I’m sure the old gals all loved him. I grew up thinking that my father’s favorite pies were banana cream pie and chocolate cream pie. Although it’s true that he loves those, his deepest pie dream is Cherry pie. I did not learn this until two months ago. Since then I have been working to perfect my crust and pie making ability. My Father is now 88-years old – not bad for a guy who has been smoking Marlborogh cigarettes for...

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  • David Eyre’s Pancake

    Monday, 13 March 2017

    As a recipe reader, I sometimes come across a picture of a big puffy pancake made in a pan and baked in the oven – often called a German Pancake. I’ve been curious about this German Pancake for years and finally this morning, a rainy morning at home with my husband, I decided to give it a go. Our friends Danny and Linda are coming for breakfast this weekend and I thought maybe I could offer something out of my ordinary repertoire. I make the pancake and it was delicious and super super easy. The recipe I decided on however is not referred to as a German Pancake. It’s called David Eyre’s Pancake and it’s apparently a very old New York Times Cookbook recipe from the 1970s. Enduring still after 40 odd years....

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  • Roasted Cauliflower and Hazelnut Salad

    Friday, 10 February 2017

    Yotam Ottolenghi, the darling of London’s contemporary culinary world, brings us amazing, delicious, and not too complicated recipes with a Middle-Eastern sensibility, along with delightful cookbook banter. His cookbooks, “Plenty,” “Ottolenghi,” “Jerusalem,” and “Nopi,” are among my favorites. I find something new and interesting to make every time I pick up one of the books. Yesterday I was looking around in the refrigerator to see what I could pull together for dinner and I found myself with a head of cauliflower. I looked through my old stand-by cauliflower recipes and just felt like I needed some inspiration. Yotam and Sami Tamimi (his partner and co-author of “Jerusalem”) hit the nail on the head...

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