COOKING

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

Baked Sweet Potato Chips

These baked sweet potato chips are as good, if not better, than anything you can buy. They’re simple to prepare but take a lot of time to cook – two hours. But don’t skimp. They need every minute to develop their flavor and super crispness. […]

Salted Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Salted Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

For Adults: Salted Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies There’s one cookie that most everyone loves, and that’s the chocolate chip cookie. This version is especially for adults. It’s crunchy rather than soft, uses bittersweet chocolate, sea salt and toasted walnuts. Adapted from David Leibovitz’s Salted Butter Chocolate […]

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Ten Favorite Podcasts. Subscribe for free!

Ten Best Podcasts I love listening to experts in almost any field share their passion for the thing that drives them. It is inspiring to feel their excitement, hear their enthusiasm, and understand their commitment. Their fire can be contagious. Podcasts provide the opportunity to listen […]

Homemade Ginger Cookie Recipe

Homemade Ginger Cookie Recipe

Ginger Cookies These ginger cookies are unlike any other ginger cookie you’ve ever had. They’re soft and crispy, oh so buttery, with a soothing vanilla and ginger finish. When possible, serve them still warm from the oven (after cooling 10-15 minutes). This recipe was adapted from the recipe […]

Pear and Peach Crumbles Recipe for Two

Pear and Peach Crumbles Recipe for Two

Fresh Pear and Peach Crumbles Sometimes pears and peaches aren’t great. When that happens, I like to use the fruit as an ingredient in a baked dish. This recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, you can make as few or as many as you need. […]

Hot Red Cherry Peppers, Roasted with Balsamic Vinegar

Hot Red Cherry Peppers, Roasted with Balsamic Vinegar

Roasted Hot Red Cherry Peppers with Balsamic Vinegar Super on sandwiches or as part of your cheese platter, these roasted red cherry peppers go amazing with cheddar cheese in particular. For nice presentation when bringing to a party or giving as a gift, pack loose […]

Oven-Roasted Tofu

Oven-Roasted Tofu

Oven-Roasted Tofu for Tofu, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwiches This oven-roasted tofu recipe is adapted from the TLT (Tofu, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich) on EatingWell‘s website. Ingredients 14 oz extra-firm tofu, drained and rinsed 1 tsp chipotle peppers with adobo sauce. (Blend the entire contents of the […]

Neutrogena vs TopCare Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Neutrogena vs TopCare Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

I don’t wear a lot of makeup, but when I do it’s usually in the evening. The last thing I want to do after a late night is spend a lot of time removing makeup. In the past I’d always used a light cleanser and […]

Seared Tuna Salad with Asian Vinaigrette

Seared Tuna Salad with Asian Vinaigrette

Adapted from the Seared Tuna Salad with Asian Vinaigrette recipe on the Food Network website. Seared Tuna Salad with Asian Vinaigrette Ingredients 2 Tbl rice wine vinegar 1/2 Tbl soy sauce 1/2 Tbl freshly-squeezed lime juice 1/2 tsp grated ginger 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 1 […]

Tomato Pie

Tomato Pie

I first had the Tomato Pie at the Chaiwalla Tea House in Salisbury, Connecticut in 1990. Since that day I have tried dozens of Tomato Pie recipes, but none came close – until I found this one. My sister once said, “This is the most delicious […]

Lemon Bundt Pound Cake

Lemon Bundt Pound Cake

If you love lemon pound cake, then this recipe is for you. Lots of butter, fresh squeezed-lemon juice and lemon zest, and buttermilk give it an unforgettable taste and texture that can’t be beat. I use the Original Bundt Pan, made of heavy duty aluminum. […]

Lemon Curd Tart with Shortbread Crust

Lemon Curd Tart with Shortbread Crust

This crust is amazing. You’ll see that this is the second lemon tart recipe featured on this website. This one features an amazing shortbread crust, rather than the traditional french tart crust. This recipe is adapted from the Ina Garten Lemon Curd Tart recipe on the FoodNetwork […]

Dark Chocolate Truffle Hearts

Dark Chocolate Truffle Hearts

A Valentine’s Day gift made with love… and chocolate. I use heart shape silicone chocolate molds for this recipe. This Dark Chocolate Truffle Hearts recipe is adapted from a recipe on Premeditated Leftovers.   Dark Chocolate Truffle Hearts Ingredients 6oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped 5 Tbl […]

Mascarpone: Making It At Home

Mascarpone: Making It At Home

Milky and slightly sweet. Making fresh mascarpone is so quick, easy and delicious you’ll wonder why you ever bought it. This recipe is adapted from many different sources, but the ingredients are always the same.   Homemade Mascarpone Recipe Ingredients 2 cups heavy cream, pasteurized (not ultra-pasteurized) […]

Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp

Hot and Sour Soup with Shrimp

One of the Thailand’s most famous soups. All the soups on this blog are made with vegetable broth, but this hot and sour soup recipe is traditionally made with chicken stock, so feel free to substitute. This recipe is adapted from Tyler Florence’s recipe on […]

Spicy Cheddar Chive Rounds

Spicy Cheddar Chive Rounds

At our house, they’re gone in just a day or two. So delicious with an evening cocktail – even better alongside a cup of Homemade Classic Tomato Soup. This recipe makes one hundred Spicy Cheddar Chive Rounds, which sounds like a large quantity but they […]

Homemade Tomato Soup

Homemade Tomato Soup

Classic Tomato Soup We make a lot of soup at our house, and tomato soup is one of the most popular. I’ve tried dozens of styles – creamy, spicy, chunky, thin, with dumplings, with rice, hot, cold, with tomatoes from the garden, using canned tomatoes, […]

Candied Walnuts with A Bit of Spice

Candied Walnuts with A Bit of Spice

Crispy, crunchy and a little bit spicy Try this Spiced Candied Walnuts recipe for something a little bit special and unexpected. So good on a cheese platter, served with other nuts and snacks, or on its own. This recipe was adapted from the Michael Chiarello recipe on the […]



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