Asparagus with Hazelnuts and Tarragon Vinaigrette

“A” is for April and also for asparagus. While it’s in season from February to June this is when you’ll find the very best.   [Read more…]

Lemon Upside-Down Cake

I recently made a day trip to New York City to have lunch with one of my oldest friends. Stefanie M and I have known each other since we started seventh grade at Immaculate Heart School in Hollywood, California, and let’s just say that more than a few decades have passed since then. [Read more…]

Artichoke and Caper Dip

When I think of Easter artichokes are one of the first foods that come to mind as my mother always served steamed whole artichokes on Easter. This dip satisfies that artichoke craving but you can make it all year long since it uses canned artichoke hearts. [Read more…]

Rosemary Mashed Potatoes

There are two keys to making the perfect mashed potatoes. First you want to start with a few simple ingredients – nice yellow-fleshed potatoes, fresh milk or half and half, good quality butter and extra virgin olive oil, plus coarse sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  To this I’ve added freshly chopped rosemary that’s heated with the milk or half and half to better infuse the flavor. [Read more…]

Spring Pea Soup with Serrano Ham

“We lived very simply – but with all the essentials of life well understood and provided for – hot baths, cold champagne, new peas and old brandy.”  ~ Winston Churchill [Read more…]

Roasted Asparagus with Pancetta, Shallots and Asiago

While asparagus is available all year round spring is when it really tastes the best and we try to eat it as often as we can. We served this particular dish at a dinner party this past weekend with grilled ribeye steaks and goat cheese mashed potatoes. [Read more…]

Daisy Lemon Cake

Ed surprised me with this fun daisy cake pan years ago and I’ve enjoyed making cakes in it ever since. This one is particularly yummy. It’s a simple lemon cake that can hold up on its own or pairs well with fresh fruit or sorbet (raspberry is my favorite). [Read more…]

Cocoa Custard with Sea Salt

Need a chocolate fix? Skip the chocolate bunnies that multiply at this time of year and go for this pudding instead. It may not look as cute but it is so good you will not mind. [Read more…]

Green Pea Hummus

Spring starts this week and this is a great recipe to make to celebrate its beginning or for Easter which is always right around the corner.  This Green Pea Hummus recipe has a certain freshness to it that you don’t find in traditional chickpea hummus even though the rest of the ingredients are almost identical. [Read more…]

Party Potatoes

How many times have you been stuck in the kitchen making mashed potatoes at the last minute so they are fresh for the meal? With this recipe you will never have to do it again. I started making this years ago and have never gone back to the traditional method of making mashed potatoes. [Read more…]