Apple and Cheddar Salad with Maple Vinaigrette

My favorite season is approaching. The temperatures are cooling and soon the leaves in the northeast will be changing, too. With each new season there’s a chance to make some old favorite recipes and try some new ones, 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…]

Brussels Sprout Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

When I set out for a day’s worth of festivities surrounding and including the 115th Army-Navy game last December in Baltimore I didn’t expect to come home with the inspiration for one of our new favorite recipes. After the game at M&T Bank Stadium we took a brisk walk to The Capital Grille in the Inner Harbor. [Read more…]

Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread

It’s likely that this time of year your garden may have a plethora of zucchini. Why not make up some yummy zucchini bread – maybe even double the recipe so you can freeze some for the winter months? [Read more…]

Alison’s Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

I lost one of my biggest food fans this summer. Alison D loved my cookies and flavored nuts in particular and it’s hard not to think of her during the holidays. A few years ago she shared this recipe with me as it was one of her favorites and I thought now was the perfect time to make these. [Read more…]

Basil Pesto

Who has lots of basil growing in their garden? Basil is the one thing that I can consistently grow from seed and this year I was rewarded with my best crop yet. The plants were well over two feet high and most of the leaves were about four inches long. Last Sunday morning I decided it was time to “harvest” my basil to make some pesto.  [Read more…]

Wonders of Chia Seeds

Have you made chia seeds a part of your daily diet? I first learned about chia seeds over a year ago at a Gourmet Dinner Club (GDC) gathering. Our hostess, Marty H, assigned us each an ingredient to use and also asked us to educate the group about that ingredient. [Read more…]

Rosemary Walnuts

Looking for something special to add to your holiday hors d’oeuvres selections? These walnuts are  perfect – great rosemary flavor with a bit of a kick (thanks to the cayenne pepper). They are great served on their own or as a part of a cheese platter. [Read more…]

Nicole & Ed’s Risotto

I’ve loved risotto every since it started showing up on menus in the mid-1990’s.  But, I remember “struggling” with how could the rice become “creamy” when you weren’t adding any cream (dairy) to it?  So much so, that the first few times we made risotto at home, we used a recipe that actually did add some sort of creamy cheese to it.  While it was a good recipe, we eventually trusted that the rice would reach that creamy consistency on its own and we’ve never gone back to that original recipe!   [Read more…]