Simple Peach Galette

When Maggy was in Italy a few weeks ago, she texted, “The peaches are gorgeous, and I need a fruit galette recipe!” The only peach galette recipe on our site contained cream cheese, an ingredient she couldn’t get. By the time I could get back with her to suggest mascarpone, she had already made a [&hellip

Summer Tomato Gratin

This will be the first of several posts inspired by my recent vacation in Tuscany on a Jovial Culinary Getaway. During my week-long stay in the 18th century villa, I learned to cook, explored Tuscany, and ate a boat load of gelato.  I was also more inspired in the kitchen and better fed than I have been [&hellip

Cream of Broccoli Soup with Parsley and Dill

I just got back from spending a week with my mom in Montgomery Alabama, where she now lives with my cousin, Gwen. Mom’s death is not imminent, but since she is no longer seeking treatment to prolong her life, she is on hospice. Like my late father, Mom has always enjoyed eating, with a wonderfully [&hellip

Strawberry-Basil Syrup

For years I’ve been saying I wanted to garden. This year I finally did it. I called my friend Karen Hughan at Good Gardens and together we came up with a plan for my very long deck, which I affectionally call the bowling alley. We ordered a couple of sleek thigh-high troughs for herbs and matching oversized [&hellip

Dairy-Free Avocado Ice Cream with Pistachios

It was when I was developing recipes for our Big Traveling Potluck that I discovered two of my favorite frozen sweet treats are actually dairy-free. Because we had lactose-intolerant attendees at our event, we wanted to make sure they could enjoy as many flavors as possible at Saturday afternoon’s ice cream bar. We decided that [&hellip

Mixed Herb Scones with Sharp Cheddar

We’re solidly in herb season. For Mom, this means that the large pots of herbs on the back deck are baking in the sun and growing like weeds. For me it means getting big, fat bunches of dill, parsley, basil, and cilantro every week in our CSA. Yes, herbs can be added to almost any [&hellip

Ham and Cheese Quiche with Hash Brown Crust

In last week’s post, Baked Blueberry Oatmeal with Walnut Streusel Topping, I shared the story of planning brunch for our out-of-town family. In bed recovering from knee surgery and none of my old morning standbys exciting me, I had lots of time to ponder new brunch dishes. My niece recently gluten intolerant, the usual strata [&hellip

Hasselback Potatoes with Sour Cream and Chive Pesto

We’re almost at the point when it’s not okay to heat your oven at 425 for an hour. But not quite. Here in New York City we’ve been doused with rain almost daily and temperatures have hovered around 65 degrees, allowing me to make hasselback potatoes for the first time. The same day, I got [&hellip

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal with Walnut Streusel Topping

I’ve come to believe that a few days in bed isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I recently had knee surgery. I was told I’d be fine if I took it easy and faithfully did the physical therapy exercises. Over the years I had seen the range of knee surgery patients—from those who hadn’t bothered with [&hellip

Triple Coconut Cake with Lemon Filling

At this point in my life, I think I might consider this cake my magnum opus. It’s a humble little opus, I suppose, but it’s pretty darn tasty. The recipe is the result of dozens of tests over the course of about three years. No, not non-stop testing, but every time I make it I look [&hellip

Eggs Baked in Chickpea – Tomato Sauce with Baby Spinach

As someone who for several years has used the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Guide to make good choices at the seafood counter, I was honored to represent Earthbound Organic Farm and Three Many Cooks at the Monterey Bay’s thirteenth annual Cooking for Solutions Celebration and the Ninth Annual Sustainable Foods Institute. In her welcome, Monterey [&hellip

Twice Minted Julep

My husband, Andy, has lived in this country for over four years, but he still gets excited about trying new American things. He hails from a country where the first oldest annual horse race took place in 1519, yet earlier this month he was still intrigued by our “old” American tradition of the Kentucky Derby. [&hellip

Pappardelle with Double Tomato Sauce

As my friend Terrie vividly described the simple, yet brilliant homemade pasta dish she made at her Roman cooking class a couple of weeks ago, I could see myself making it alongside her. It started with the simple, yet familiar a la minute canned tomato-olive oil-garlic sauce, but there was the twist. The chef flash-seared [&hellip

Roasted Cauliflower with Dill Vinaigrette

Photo by Brian Samuels Photography, taken at The Big Potluck At Saturday’s Big Potluck lunch we set up a bountiful salad bar overflowing with greens and grains and an array of colorful vegetables, which we all grazed on to near excess. Saturday night’s dinner was sit-down, and a first-course salad made sense with our grilled [&hellip