Watermelon, Rosemary and Yogurt Salad

Many recipes in this month’s issue of Bon Appétit cause you to think outside the box and trust that the team at BA did testing before finalizing these recipes. This one is a perfect example. While watermelon and feta have been a favorite combination in the past few years (see Watermelon, Feta and Arugula Salad) – here we’ve gone beyond feta. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Honey Spice Cake

It’s rare that I see a cake in a mainstream magazine like Bon Appétit that is intended to be gluten-free, so of course I had to make it! The cake is made up of so many wonderful spices and is then topped with a not-too-coconutty-lemon frosting. [Read more…]

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries with Lime-Yogurt Sauce

There are so many good flavors in this dish that I don’t even know where to begin – think of a sweet meets spicy meets tangy triangle. What makes it even better is that it’s healthy and gluten-free, too. [Read more…]

Walnut and Date Compote

It always amazes me how a few ingredients can come together to make something so flavorful. When using just a handful of ingredients I find it a good rule of thumb to make sure that you find the highest quality options. There’s no place to hide so you want them all to shine. [Read more…]

Roasted Pears with Rosemary and Honey

It wasn’t until relatively recently that I liked pears. I’m not really sure why I didn’t like them nor do I recall why I started eating them. What I do know is that I “betrayed” my brother-in-law, Colin S, as he is not a fan of pears and he liked that he had an ally in the family. So now he’s the only one. [Read more…]

My Irish Honey Cocktail

The stars aligned for this cocktail creation. On a recent trip to Florida we were fortunate to visit my cousin, Pieter V, along with his wife, Lisa, and their daughter, Alexis. Lisa generously offered to share some of a wonderful bounty of lemons from a friend’s garden. [Read more…]

Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I first had this wonderfully simple combination at Restaurant Alba in Malvern, PA and knew that it was something that I wanted to make at home. With only four ingredients you’ll want to focus on finding the best quality as each part plays an important role. [Read more…]

Pomegranate-Honey Syrup

Adding honey to the slightly bitter pomegranate makes for a not-too-sweet cocktail syrup that has multiple uses. I like to put it in a decorative pitcher so you (or your guests) can add different mixers to create a variety of drinks.

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Visit to the Delmar Farmers’ Market

We recently gathered in Delmar, NY (a suburb of Albany) for a Powers/Packer family reunion and the whole family made the trek to the Delmar Farmers’ Market to get a bit of local flavor. One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to go to food stores or farmers’ markets as you never know what tasty things you will find. [Read more…]

Baked Brie with Honey & Pistachios

I often serve honey as part of a cheese platter. Here I’ve paired the honey with melted cheese so the flavors of the cheese and the honey blend together nicely. Adding the pistachios provides some texture and works well with the intense cheese and sweet honey. [Read more…]