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Out of Africa:  Barbecue Pork Belly with Apple Sauce

Out of Africa:  Barbecue Pork Belly with Apple Sauce

“Out of an African Kitchen: Recipes and Stories” I was sent this remarkable book. Its sender described it as ‘a quirky anthology of recipes, reminiscences, anecdotes, and stories from a bush kitchen set high up on the edge of the Great Rift valley overlooking Kenya’s…

Cream Scones with Clotted Cream from "Hand Made Baking" by Kamran Siddiqi

Cream Scones with Clotted Cream from "Hand Made Baking" by Kamran Siddiqi

Ah, the scone! Perfectly made it’s a thing of joy at tea time or coffee hour.   But the greater likelihood is that the scone most people encounter comes off as heavy as a hockey puck and just about as appetizing. No matter how much…

There’s no better way to make a French Omelette than with French Butter!

There’s no better way to make a French Omelette than with French Butter!

And there’s no greater authority on Omelets than Marc J. Sievers  Marc Sievers is a man on a mission. He seeks to “encourage home cooks to keep learning, celebrating and having an adventure in your kitchen”.  Marc has self-published a total of three cookbooks. He…

Valentine’s Day Chicken La Tulipe

Valentine’s Day Chicken La Tulipe

This Valentine’s Day, we bring you Valentine’s advice of one Jonathon Reynolds.  Mr. Reynolds, who wrote for talk shows helmed by David Frost and Dick Cavett, first brought this superb recipe to the New York Times in 2000.  It was first cooked at a beloved…

Ina Garten’s Baked Raclette

Ina Garten’s Baked Raclette

Ina’s Recipe for this decadent potato, sausage and melted cheese dish is a must-make. Over the holidays, I was intrigued to see Raclette, the superb melting cheese from Switzerland, at Trader Joe’s. I thought about making Fondue but lost custody of my Fondue pot in…

Tuscan Bean Soup

Tuscan Bean Soup

This bowl of cold-weather comfort revealed quite a secret. This hearty Tuscan bean soup is a perfect combination of smooth, silky soup topped with crispy, crunchy croutons.  It also fulfills our promise to put more plant-based meals together this year. And we’re not alone.  Americans…

Claire Saffritz’ Pull-Apart Sour Cream and Chive Rolls

Claire Saffritz’ Pull-Apart Sour Cream and Chive Rolls

Claire Saffritz’ new cookbook may be called “Dessert Person” but the first thing Andrew baked were these melt-in-your-mouth dinner rolls. The classic Parker House rolls inspired this recipe.  In all honesty, they’re even better—more pillow-like and tender than the originals.  Then there’s a subtle onion…

Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Herbed Mascarpone Tart

Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Herbed Mascarpone Tart

Some holiday discoveries are well worth making all year round. This is one of them.  It’s from Melissa Clark in The New York Times. It’s one of four recipes created for New Year’s Eve 2020. In “A Finger Food Countdown to 2021”, Melissa created two…


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The Ultimate B.L.T for All Seasons

The Ultimate B.L.T for All Seasons

Here to Help: The New York Times Recipe for the Best B.L.T. is this one from Clare de Boer. The perfect Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich is a flawless combination of salty crunch, creamy mayo, sweet and tangy tomato, and butter lettuce.  And Clair de…