Sunday, December 1, 2013

Fun Food for Your Holiday Party: Mashed Potato Martini Bar

The holidays are usually a mix of family and friends. If you find yourself needing a crowd-pleasing party food, I’ve got just the ticket. A Mashed Potato “Martini” Bar! (Don’t worry, I am not referring to potato vodka. This idea is kid-friendly.) I am talking about build-it-yourself party food. Mashed Potato Martini Bars are a…  (Read more…)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Foolproof Gravy

Gravy seems to be one of those kitchen mysteries for many people. Really it’s just a simple pan sauce and with a few helpful hints you’ll be making gravy like a pro. Standard Turkey Gravy  Makes 4 cups. 1/4 cup fat (reduced pan drippings) 1/4 cup flour (or 2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrow root powder)…  (Read more…)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Talking Turkey about Thanksgiving Wines

Need a little advice before you head to the wine shop this holiday? Here are a few notes to help you sort out the perfect wine for your Thanksgiving celebration. There are several wines that are “gimme’s” when it comes to Thanksgiving. That doesn’t diminish their appeal or great taste. It just means that you…  (Read more…)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Roasted Squash with Apples and Dill

Roasted vegetables are one of the biggest food trends of the past several years. I’ve developed a simple roasted vegetable recipe that will be perfect side dish for your holiday meal. I think you’ll enjoy the subtle sweetness of the roasted squash and apples. It’s much less cloying that some traditional squash or sweet potato…  (Read more…)

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Best Thanksgiving Turkey Advice!

It’s an age-old holiday struggle. How do you keep the white meat of your turkey moist while waiting for the dark meat to finish cooking? Well, I have a suggestion for you that will not only decrease your cooking time but also make the dark meat the most popular option. This holiday season why don’t…  (Read more…)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Pan Seared Salmon with Chanterelle Mushrooms

Fall is such a great time for mushrooms. I can’t get over the price of chanterelles at my local market. My friend, Venus, presented me with an enormous bag full of them just a few weeks ago. Vince and I had mushrooms with scrambled, Timpano di Patate (a pie made from mashed potatoes, roasted mushrooms…  (Read more…)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Harvest Bisque

I’ve only ever written one fan letter to a cookbook author. It was to Susan Branch, circa 1990. If you’ve never heard of Susan Branch, she’s cookbook author, artist and all-around cottage industry. My introduction to her came via The Heart of The Home, a delightful cookbook filled with family memories, favorite quotes and yummy…  (Read more…)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Pear Chips – A Grain-Free Alternative to Crackers

I’ve been mostly grain-free for several years now. Unlike many people, I don’t typically look for ways to recreate the things I can’t eat anymore. There aren’t a lot of grain-free alternatives for the basics like crackers, breads and pizza. Most of the time I don’t really care. There are a plethora of wonderful things…  (Read more…)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Plum Crazy for Slivovitz

My neighbor across the alley has a prolific Italian Prune Plum tree. Last year, I used her plums to create my recipe for Plum Butter with Chinese Five Spice in The Kitchen Pantry Cookbook. Even though I made multiple batches of plum butter, I still had pound of plums leftover. It was about that time that…  (Read more…)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

KIXI Guests: Holly Brown & Chef Erin Coopey on Chat With Women

I had a great time with Holly Brown of The Brown Lounge,  and Kevin Brown, of Siren Song Wines.  Holly and I talked the delicious Mediterranean menu that I helped her create.  Check it out!  KIXI Guests: Holly Brown & Erin Coopey on Chat With Women

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