This year we had a smaller Thanksgiving than usual and it was lovely — warm, peaceful and intimate. Eleven of us fit around my parents’ beautiful dining room table, candles lit, kids giggling, dogs under the table, and my dad carving the turkey. It was perfect — except for one thing . . . Circumstances […]
I know, it’s a little bit redundant. I could hardly call butternut squash a “nut” squash, though. I absolutely love blending delicious flavors into butter — you can do this with almost anything, and then use it on almost anything. (This is called a compound butter.) Imagine the flavors of earthy sage, sweet squash, and […]
Even before taking pictures of food was part of my job description, I’d find myself in the middle of cooking a recipe looking for my camera. The simple beauty of an ingredient can make me pause. This happens more often than not. Whether I’m peeling asparagus or an onion, slicing beets or citrus, or maybe simply […]
What’s the best compliment one can get about the food they cook? Of course we all find it delightful to hear people say how delicious it is, how beautiful it is, etc. However, my favorite compliment is when someone tries something they actively don’t like, and they love it. Take my cousin Beth for example. […]
Do you still have leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce? Did you make the oh-so-yummy Spiced Cranberry Sauce Corn Muffins? They promise to be a treat, especially warmed up with a dab of butter. I made the muffins and still had cranberry sauce to spare, so used it to whip up this delicious, rich and creamy salad […]
I’m always surprised that the morning after the Thanksgiving feast, I wake up hungry. In fact, starving. What’s up with that!? These are quick and easy muffins that you can whip up with your leftover cranberry sauce, (which is the one thing I always seem to make about fifty-seven times as much as I’ll need).
Why are cranberries the official berry for Thanksgiving? I don’t know the answer, but what I do know is that blueberries are moving in on that territory. And with good reason! Last week I was invited to a pre-Thanksgiving feast hosted by Erika Kerekes of In Erika’s Kitchen, sponsored by the US Highbush Blueberry Council […]
Idaho potatoes have inspired many recipes for me, but this is the first one that doesn’t include potatoes. Have you ever had a Hasselback Potato? “Hasselback” refers to a classic preparation of a potato, not the variety. Developed in the 18th century in Stockholm, Sweden, they were first made at a restaurant called Hasselbacken, which […]