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…]

Chicken Burrito Bowl (Slow Cooker)

Slow cookers and I have not always seen eye to eye. While I like the concept that you can place a bunch of ingredients in the cooker, turn it on and come back hours later to a hot and tasty meal it rarely worked that way for me (a few family members can attest to that). [Read more…]

Belgian Beef Stew

The beef stew of our childhood was made of beef but also contained potatoes, carrots, celery and onions (maybe wine but never beer). Neither Ed nor I prefer our beef stew that way so when I found this recipe many years ago it became the standard in our house. Largely because it’s just beef and onions, oh and with some really good Belgian beer and bacon. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Banana-Almond-Coconut Muffins

A little bit of the tropics captured in a yummy muffin. I adapted a banana bread recipe I’d made for many years to make it gluten-free. While doing so I decided to add some new ingredients including almonds and coconut. [Read more…]

Beer Cheese

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Whether Ben Franklin actually said this or not (there’s debate out there) I think he’d be even happier with this beer and cheese combination. What better time for beer and cheese than the Super Bowl?  [Read more…]

Sweet Potato and Chestnut Soup

. to thIf I had a hunting lodge I would have this soup on hand all winter long. The flavors are woodsy and rustic – that’s what makes me think of a hunting lodge.   [Read more…]

Cranberry-Thyme Syrup

I was thinking about the Cranberry Gin and Tonics that I had made two years ago.  I really liked that recipe but wanted to make a more traditional syrup (the “original” recipe was more like cranberry sauce) with some new flavors. This Cranberry-Thyme Syrup ended up being a great alternative – more on the savory (if that’s a term you can use for cocktails) rather than sweet side. [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…]

Moroccan Carrot Salad

A favorite summer excursion with my family when we were younger was to head into Philadelphia to have dinner at Marrakesh on South Street. Marrakesh has been in the same location for decades – at the end of a small side street where entrance is gained by knocking on the door.  The menu hasn’t changed much but that’s okay as all of the many courses are very tasty. [Read more…]

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Here’s the last in my winter soup series. This is a variation on the first recipe I made from the cookbook that came with my Vitamix. The original recipe called for both coconut milk and coconut cream (this is different than cream of coconut which is used in cocktails). [Read more…]