• 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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  • Farro With Roasted Squash, Feta and Mint

    Saturday, 07 January 2017

    Every year on January 1st, we have a big New Year’s Day party and celebration of Jared’s birthday. We feed the crowd traditional New Year’s Day foods including Hoppin’ John (Black-eyed peas) and collard greens and cornbread with butter and honey and a variety of desserts including of course, a birthday cake for Jared. The cake is typically carrot – his favorite – and this year it was really delicious and moist and wonderful AND Disa Fink (See, Batch-33, July 20, 2012 for information about Disa and Wintercoat Brewery), who is in town, frosted it so it was also VERY PRETTY! (See, Batch-33.com, September 18, 2012 for carrot cake recipe). I love the day because so many of my friends are together and over the years they have...

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  • Roasted Carrots with Currant Relish

    Tuesday, 27 December 2016

    ‘Tis the Season but somehow it doesn’t have the normal pizzazz it usually has. The Promenade was kind of low-key. The stores weren’t crowded. The bookstore had some folks in it but it wasn’t crazy. Main Street and Abbot Kinney were a little pokey. Not overwhelmed with parties. It’s just a weird year. Perhaps something to do with the election and fear and sadness and anxiety and fatigue? Just not festive. Notwithstanding, we have had a nice pre-holiday period. Although it’s not usual to make a new friend at our advancing ages, we somehow did. Marianne Kooimans and her husband Steven Woods and amazing daughter Oona Woods. The family of the wonderful shop on Main Street (previously on Abbot Kinney) called Koko....

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