Cookbook Review: Hello, Cookie Dough

In retrospect, I suppose I was being cruel. My elderly grandmother would bake cookies and as a kid I would help her. She’d count the baked product and be puzzled, “I’m supposed to have 48 but there are only 45. I don’t understand.” I was sneaking and eating the...

Stuffed Date Appetizers

I think I tried eating a date when I was ten or eleven. I did not like it. Sixty years later, I’m changing my mind. Suzi and I needed to bring a “lite” appetizer to a holiday party. We knew they were serving steak, so we needed something with a touch of sweetness and...

Christmas Cranberry Cordial from How to Drink Without Drinking

You buy cranberry juice. You make cranberry cordial. The difference? All the difference in the world. Well, all the difference that citrus and cinnamon can make. I just posted a review of the lovely How to Drink With Drinking: Celebratory Alcohol-Free Drinks for Any...

Cookbook Review: How to Drink Without Drinking

Sometimes, not often, but sometimes there comes a book that will truly transform how you eat. Or drink. How to Drink With Drinking by Fiona Beckett is just that book. And a timely one for this holiday season. The book’s subtitle explains it all: celebratory...

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Cookbook Review: Prosecco Made Me Do It

  Who doesn’t like sparkling wine? Champagne, of course. Cava, from Spain — the most sparkling production of any country. And prosecco from Northern Italy. Prosecco is relatively new, first...

Cookbook Review: Heirloom Kitchen

  Heirloom Kitchen author Anna Francese Gass is herself an immigrant to this country. Born in Italy, she has fashioned a strong culinary career here, including graduating from the French...

Sardinian Rabbit from Heirloom Kitchen

Yes, it’s rabbit. And people will tell you rabbit tastes just like chicken. In fact, author Anna Francese Gass of Heirloom Kitchen even says you can substitute chicken here if you are rabbit shy....

Intense Blackberry Margarita

  I had thought blackberry season was over. But there was a stack of boxes of blackberries sitting at Sam’s club. I picked one up and asked my wife, “Blackberry margarita?’ “Yes.” I went very...

Cookbook Review: Honey & Co. At Home

  It takes great effort to write a cookbook. A very good cookbook? Oh, that’s a mountain of effort. And that rarity, a great cookbook? That is not an effort; it is an odyssey. So when I...

Salmon Cakes with Wasabi Mayonnaise

  I grew up in an age when public schools were deferential to Catholics and the no-meat-on-Fridays rule. So, every other Friday, we had fish sticks. I was not a good Catholic but I did love the...

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