skillet apple cobbler with ice cream

Skillet Apple Cobbler

november 17, 2020

skillet apple cobbler with ice cream

Perhaps your Thanksgiving celebration will look a little different this year, with fewer faces around the table, less hustle and bustle and fewer dishes. Or perhaps you’ve been so aggravated with 2020 you’ll skip the turkey and sides and focus only on desserts like the sweet-a-holic we all know you are. Am I pointing the finger at myself? Yes, why, yes I am. Continue reading

platter of red cabbage and delicata squash

Red Cabbage and Delicata Squash

october 28, 2020

platter of red cabbage and delicata squash

When it’s time to plant fall pansies, my eye is drawn to the color combination of orange and purple. Although if taken individually, they are not part of my favored home color scheme of natural browns and greens. But there is homage to the memory of my wardrobe preferences in early adolescence of orange and purple everything. And I do mean everything. Shirts, shorts, dresses, culottes, coats, scarves and all manner of accessories simply had to be either orange, or purple, and preferably both. Continue reading

smoked salmon apple salad

Smoked Salmon Apple Salad

october 7, 2020

smoked salmon apple salad

A little smoked salmon goes a long way. Especially if the salmon is high quality in-house smoked salmon from your local fishmonger, like the burnished slabs found at Tuckahoe Seafood here in Richmond. In this Smoked Salmon Apple Salad  the rich smoke taste is offset by the crisp of Virginia apple, earthy baby arugula and a sweet-tart lemon maple mustard vinaigrette. Continue reading

cannelloni rolls

Butternut Pecan Cannelloni

september 24, 2020

cannelloni rolls

The enjoyment of pasta for me has always been about either the sauce on top or the cheesy goodness stuffed inside the pasta. Those of you who can relate will like this Butternut Pecan Cannelloni, flat pasta sheets stuffed with creamy cheese, toasted pecans and roasted butternut squash, topped with a tart caper tomato sauce which marries well with the slightly sweet filling. Continue reading

dish of apple cheesecake ice cream

Apple Cheesecake Ice Cream

september 9, 2020

dish of apple cheesecake ice cream

 

Technically, it is still summer but when the Virginia apples are stacked at the roadside stands, colorful and fragrant, I’m thinking fall. Fall means apples in everything, from the savory to the sweet. Continue reading

closeup of black bean goat cheese tostadas

Black Bean Goat Cheese Tostadas

august 26, 2020

Black Bean Goat Cheese Tostadas

Here’s what I love about tostadas and tacos. One or two makes a fine snack or appetizer and several make a filling meal. Given a wide variety of tastes at the table, they can be made vegan, vegetarian or carnivore style with all types of meats and seafood. Spiciness can be customized with homemade or store bought salsas with varying levels of heat. In short, these are ideal for crowds. Continue reading

closeup of basil buttermilk soup

Basil Buttermilk Soup

august 11, 2020

closeup of basil buttermilk soup

Cooking doesn’t always need to involve heat. Chopping, tossing and blending are all easy methods of cool food preparation, with no flame in sight. The work of a good blender is the only electricity involved in making this refreshing summer soup featuring just-picked basil and chilled buttermilk. Continue reading

slice of double raspberry cake

Double Raspberry Cake

july 28, 2020

slice of double raspberry cake

 

Maybe you’ve started to entertain again, safely and with distance between your guests. Maybe you are getting more adept at preparing elaborate home brunches, weary of dining options limited to carryout. Or maybe you just want some homemade cake. If you fall into any of these maybes, here is a summery cake for you with fresh raspberries and raspberry fruit spread for a double dose of berry. Continue reading

mango coconut cocktail

Mango Coconut Cocktail

july 16, 2020

mango coconut cocktail

Homemade cocktail mixers are the most handy items taking up valued space in your fridge, ever chilled and at the ready for adding to spirits, fizzy beverages or enjoyed over ice as a solo drink. Continue reading

grilled shrimp with herbed pistachio sauce

Grilled Shrimp with Herbed Pistachio Sauce

july 2, 2020

grilled shrimp with herbed pistachio sauce

Ever skip a recipe with “grilled” in the title because you either don’t have a grill or don’t want to bother with grill setup? Me, too, except in this case my grill is currently snoozing and I’m too lazy to replace the tank. Cast iron grill pan to the rescue, and failing that, the oven broiler. Both of these are great substitutes for grilling. Smoky flavor will not be imparted but with items like shrimp which take minutes if not seconds to cook, that won’t matter. Continue reading