Recipes

Why make just a dessert? Tips for a glamorous dessert buffet

Fruit pies, ice cream and fresh berry salads are summer staples, and you’ll never catch us turning any of those down. But even in the summer, the occasion may arise where you want to crank it up a notch. Whether it’s a bridal shower, anniversary party, or late-night after-party, a dessert ...

Don’t miss soft-shell crab season, happening now

Soft-shell crabs are nothing more than our common Atlantic blue crabs caught in the process of molting. This poor little crustacean has shed its hard shell, and is completely covered with a thin, flexible replacement shell. It will be awhile before it hardens up, and in the meantime, it’s ...

Picnic-size zucchini quiches are a snap to make

You’d think quiche would be a summer picnic staple. In practice, the beloved cheese pies are too darn messy; cutting one into slices while you’re sitting in the wild or at the beach could be tricky. And if you figure, “Aha! I’ll slice it up ahead of time,” you discover there’s no ...

One sweet potato two ways — savory, sweet — is dinner and dessert

The kitchen is my happy place, which is a good thing, because I spend a lot of time in it. It seems I’m always either developing recipes, or cooking them for a camera. And then there’s the not-so-small matter of cooking for my husband and four daughters every day. Truly, I love it. But ...

Heavenly banana bread starts with vegetable oil

Everyone makes banana bread, and most people love it. A good friend of mine always makes it with chocolate chips because her family will eat anything with chocolate in it. I grew up with my mother making banana bread with butter and pecans, and I thought it was very good – until I ...

Eschew perfection – and chew some pancakes!

They say having a baby changes everything. Well, so far, I think just knowing you’re going to have a baby changes everything. I am writing this column while 38 weeks pregnant, balancing my laptop on my ever-growing stomach and getting kicked in the bladder every few minutes, and I have to ...

Caramelized tofu plus lots of veggies become tasty, pretty dish

If you aren’t a tofu fan, listen up. This just might be the recipe that turns it all around for you, like it did for my husband and daughter. I toss extra firm tofu cubes in a lightly spicy (or not; your call) peanut sauce and then roast it until the edges are golden and lightly caramelized. ...

Curd is the word: Cottage cheese goes way, way back

There is an ancient legend, dating from the third century B.C., which involves a milk seller and the accidental discovery he made while on his route. As he set out along the Mesopotamian desert, he had several containers, made of sheep’s stomachs, hanging from the side of his camel. Well, the ...

Mother’s Day treat: Mini mocha baked Alaskas

Let’s say you dream of wanting to make a very special dessert for mom on Mother’s Day, but don’t really have the time or the expertise. Well, here’s a cheating version of baked Alaska! Sure, it’s antique – is there any other two-word phrase in English as capable of teleporting us in ...

Green garlic butter brings spring to oyster dish

My grilled oysters with green garlic butter dish looks as green and springy as your backyard at this time of year. You may be familiar with the flavors in this butter from the classic french escargots a la bourguignonne. And, if I was a betting woman, I’d be willing to bet that 90 percent of ...

Let’s have a toast for the long-lost ‘savoury course’

I have to confess: Desserts, for the most part, just leave me cold. Indeed, for years I just ignored them completely. Eccentric as this might sound, it’s actually not that unusual – or, at least, it wasn’t in the past. Originating in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and remaining popular ...

Mushroom and cheese burritos perfect for Meatless Mondays

Mushroom and cheese burritos are a delicious vegetarian dish hearty enough to satisfy even the most die-hard carnivore in your family. A burrito stuffed with portobello mushrooms, chiles and cheese, it’s perfect for Meatless Mondays and – bonus! – all the ingredients are cooked together ...

Roasting veggies in hummus yields a tasty crust

I remember being told in marketing class back in graduate school that the fastest growing food category in America was hummus. Hummus, our professor insisted to us disbelieving students, would soon be ubiquitous. I should have heeded his advice and leveraged that bit of 1991 foresight in some ...

Gazpacho is a cool way to ‘spring’ into veggie season

I don’t know about you, but increasing temperatures and longer days make me feel downright blissful. I start waking up with the sun, listening to the birds chirping in the morning and listening to the rustle of the spring breeze through the trees. “So long, winter,” it seems to say. ...

Baked muffin frittatas are a quick, easy, customizable treat

I recently became obsessed with these little crustless quiches. They’re more frittata, but everyone who eats them likens them to quiche. However defined, they are quick and easy to prepare and can be filled with any of your favorite cheese, vegetable and/or meat combos. Make sure that your ...

Asparagus toasts make elegant spring brunch

Here’s a special dish tailor-made for an elegant spring brunch. It requires slightly more than the usual amount of work, but it’s so worth it. Most of the recipe’s several components can be prepared ahead of time, then reheated and assembled at the last minute. The base is artisanal toast ...

Cooking on deadline: Burrata cheese and prosciutto pizza

If you haven’t had the chance to try burrata, I would be honored if this recipe became the first occasion. Burrata is a semisoft, white Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. It is like the silkiest, creamiest fresh mozzarella, with a rich molten cream filling as a bonus. And here it ...

For an elevated banana split, try this nutty panna cotta

“Dessert” is not French for “butter, sugar and cream,” but as far as most people are concerned, it could be. For centuries, the word itself conjured images of sweet macarons, decadent custards, buttery cakes and picture-perfect pies. But there must be a healthier way to make dessert, ...

Carb-free, calorie-free noodles? You have my attention

It might seem blasphemous to reference religion while discussing food. But searching for the ultimate food is a little like looking for the Holy Grail. What is the Ultimate Food? For me, it’s something delicious I can eat without gaining weight. And if watching your weight is a concern, the ...

Put a little spring in your hummus with roasted carrots

Hummus generally contains five basic ingredients: chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic and olive oil. Once you have these ingredients combined, it is easy to add other herbs, spices – and even roasted carrots, like I do here – to flavor and season basic hummus. In the early spring, I love to ...