Recipes

Favorite Pie Recipes: The Life of Pie

Favorite Pie Recipes: The Life of Pie

Favorite pie recipes near and dear to my heart …and tastebuds I know, I know; it’s national Pi day, not Pie day.  And while I feign to understand the mystery of 3.14159265359 and its importance to the world in which we live, I have no trouble […]

Jeanette’s Best Easy Apple Pie Recipe

Jeanette’s Best Easy Apple Pie Recipe

Truly, the best easy apple pie recipe in my dessert dossier. Jeanette’s Apple Pie: I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and have). As cooks and diners, we all have our favorite recipes. Whether tucked, folded, boxed or ring-bound, our culinary keepsakes tell […]

Orange Burst Chocolate Torte: Coco Loco Good

Orange Burst Chocolate Torte: Coco Loco Good

Orange Chocolate Torte – a marriage made in culinary heaven. Still basting my blog posts (and myself) in butter this week, I came across a recipe on the Darigold site that spoke–no, make that shouted– to me: orange burst chocolate torte.  As a man enamored […]

Shaker Lemon Pie Dressed as a Tart

Shaker Lemon Pie Dressed as a Tart

Better With Butter RecipeShaker Lemon Tart: A Star Is Born My favorite winter dessert (hands down) is Shaker Lemon Pie. Each bite is a pop of sweet-sour goo, chased by a chew or two of flaky rich crust, resilient rind and simple unadulterated flavors of […]

Butter Makes It Better

Butter Makes It Better

A stick of butter and loaf of banana bread later, I think I got my shot (and afternoon snack). Butter and I go way back, from simple saltines slathered in gold and crowned with concord grape jelly, to Christmas cookies so dairy-rich in butter that […]

Warm Up to Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Warm Up to Roasted Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup to warm your bones Kitchen still life: a pumpkin, apples and onions resting before roasting. The rain has returned, along with the pelt-thick socks on my feet and the woolen  cocoon I call my favorite sweater. Since I keep my home thermostat at […]

Lovin’ Spoonful: Blueberry Plum Jam

Lovin’ Spoonful: Blueberry Plum Jam

Blueberry Plum Jam: A Super Summer Flavor Combo Early October is a time of year when my kitchen becomes my garden and orchard’s waiting room, where bags of fruit and flats of vegetables vie for counter space and my attention. Not that I’m complaining about […]

Plum Easy Plum Tart Recipe

Plum Easy Plum Tart Recipe

A plum tart recipe that’s a keeper!We’ve got plums aplenty on the island this time of year. Any settled land parcel worth its property taxes boasts at least one Italian prune plum tree, a vigorous dependable producer seemingly immune to the fussy issues of other […]

Peaches and Cream Pie: Happiness by the Slice

Peaches and Cream Pie: Happiness by the Slice

Peaches and Cream Pie I have stars in my eye for peach pie. Let me be forthright; I have very broad standards when it comes to peach pies. Any homemade and completely baked (or half-baked for that matter) peach pie is a good peach pie. If there’s […]

Figs in a Jam… Fig and Ginger Jam

Figs in a Jam… Fig and Ginger Jam

Happy Couple: Fig and Ginger JamFig and ginger jam: too delicious and simple not to make I’ve had a life of traveling. Some voluntary (Buon giorno, Firenze!) Some involuntary. (“Tommy, get in the car.”) No matter where the destination, I do try to find delight […]