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Category: Appetizers

Pan con Tomate or, as we say in Catalonia, Pa Amb Tomàquet

Pan con Tomate or, as we say in Catalonia, Pa Amb Tomàquet

After our ten-day trip through Portugal in July, it seemed a shame to be just an hour and a half by air from Barcelona and not go there—especially since Andrew had only been to Spain twice. We’d spent a magical day in Salamanca as part […]

Savory Roasted Tomato Tarte Tatin

Savory Roasted Tomato Tarte Tatin

        A couple of years ago, I read a very detailed recipe for a tomato Tarte Tatin in Bon Appetit. I worked with the recipe and came up with two versions of the dish. Now that Tomato season is in full swing, I revisited this […]

Watermelon Blueberry and Radish Salad with Laura Chenel’s Goat Cheese Medallions

Watermelon Blueberry and Radish Salad with Laura Chenel’s Goat Cheese Medallions

Salad lovers are in sheer heaven now and will be through the rest of the summer.  The ingredients for perfect salads are everywhere. And the earliest part of the season yields the tenderest of greens. Arugula has its bite but it’s far from bitter which […]

Baltimore Country Club Crab Cakes from Andrew Zimmern

Baltimore Country Club Crab Cakes from Andrew Zimmern

It’s getting close to Crab Cake season which I would define as soon as the Summer Cocktail Party Circuit gets into gear.  So any mention of a Crab Cake recipe gets my attention.  Most Crab Cakes fall far short of expectations. They are larded with […]

Ottolenghi’s Mixed Mushrooms with Cinnamon and Lemon

         My passion for mushrooms only grows stronger in the fall. And I am always on the lookout for new ways to prepare my favorite fungus.  I was very excited to see a recipe that paired mushrooms I’d never even imagined combining with mushrooms—Cinnamon and […]

Justin Chapple’s Red Potato and Apple Galette

Galettes are a cookie in French Canada and a Buckwheat Crêpe Breakfast in France…           One of my favorite posts on Facebook recently was the following: “You can’t expect everyone to love you. You are not pizza”. And neither is this fantastic concoction from Food […]

Salad Days. 3 Ways to Salute Summer this Weekend: Grilled Watermelon with Feta, Balsamic and Mint, Tomato, Peach and Burrata Salad, Ina Garten’s Italian Seafood Salad

        I don’t know how we got to the last week of August so quickly. But it’s been a wonderful summer here and every chance we’ve gotten, we’ve enjoyed great salads all made, with few exceptions, with ingredients found within five miles of our house.  […]

Sicilian Caponata with Pine Nuts

                    Rebel Features communal tables as seen in this overhead shot. “Dear Bon Appétit”, wrote Phyllis Follet of Cambridge, Massachusetts, “My husband and I celebrated our 44th Wedding Anniversary at Ribelle in Brookline, MA.  The caponata was astounding. Would the […]

Mushroom and Pepper Jack Tart with Long Island Mushrooms

          Long Island Mushroom company is the brainchild of two Rhode Island natives who grew up in the same town, became High School Sweethearts, parted ways and re-kindled their romance thirty-two years later.  Jane Maguire and John Quigley are their names and […]

Asian Sloppy Joe Sliders, a recipe from Chef Ming Tsai

The Tastee Inn in Sioux City, Iowa where you can get a Sloppy Joe or Loose Meat Sandwich for $2.00 The Sloppy Joe is hardly anyone’s idea of gourmet food. This may lie in the fact that making one requires virtually no culinary skills of […]

Nathalie Dupree’s Mississippi Caviar from "Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking"

         Of this year’s cookbooks, “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubert (Gibbs Smith 2012) is at the top of every list of the year’s best.  I’ve already shared the story of my sideways connection to Ms. Dupree in an […]

My new Molcajete and Diana Kennedy’s recipe for Guacamole con Tomate Verde (adapted)

My new Molcajete and my first Guacamole made in it. Bridgehampton Tomatillos          Nothing says summer like Guacamole and although we’re thousands of miles from both Mexico and that capital of Guacamole, the state of California, we’re proud of what we’re able to make right […]

Hot-and-Sticky Lemon-Pepper Chicken Wings adapted from Richard Blais in Food & Wine

        A couple of years ago, I went on a Chicken Wing Diet.  It was about the time that New York restaurants were obliged to print the calorie count of their dishes on their menus.  In New York, with Mayor Bloomberg at the helm, we’ve […]