Classic Aperol Spritz

Just a week ago today, Suzen and I were in Milan. We were sitting in the lovely Marchesi patisserie as the day grew dark. We had been walking for hours and we were tired. “We are lost,” Suzen said. “No, we are not,” I gave the only answer I could. There are two things...

How to Travel to Sicily: Authentic Italy

Suzi and I just returned from ten warm days in Italy. Sicily to be precise, one of the regions we had never visited before. Our journey included food, of course, but also city byways like that staircase and some of the amazing ruins that dot the island. Sicily is...

Caponata Classica from Sicily by Phaidon

We just enjoyed nine days in Italy, eight in Sicily and one in Milan [we broke up the trip home over two days and walked Milan for 20 hours!]. This was our first trip to Sicily and this dish was ubiquitous. You have water, you have bread, you have caponata. It’s a...

Egg and Ridge Gourd Curry

Here’s another gem from the powerful The Indian Cooking Course by Monisha Bharadwaj. If you are interested in learning the deepest spicy details of Indian cooking, then I cannot recommend a better avenue to learn. This combination of veggies, curry, and hard-boiled...

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Mint Simple Syrup

By far mint is my favorite herb. Mint flavoring in the frosting on my brownies. Mint penetrating deeply throughout my julep. Mint jelly covering my spring leg of lamb. In our Catskills house a...

Cookbook Review: The New Irish Table

Change can be good and sometimes quite sensational. Irish cuisine is in the midst of an unparalleled expansion. It’s hard to call this evolution a renaissance for this is not a return to some old...

Apple Dappy for a Winter’s Night

This recipe comes from the British West Country. Far from London and from Paris, this dish is a surprise, a kind of tart tatin in roulade shape. Very inviting to the eye and totally delicious from...

Easy Cinnamon Muffins

I have been doing Muffin Mondays but this past Monday we were getting over a Nor’easter and muffins were not on the agenda. Just feeding the fireplace with wood was all we had time for.  No power,...

Clabber Girl Banana Bread

In many parts of the country you can find Clabber Girl leavening products, baking soda and baking powder. “Clabber” is a synonym for sour milk. In the early 1800s, clabber was mixed with pearl ash,...

Mandarin Chicken Salad

I meant to post this recipe on Friday. Last Thursday I did a TBT cookbook review of the Stonyfield Farm Yogurt Cookbook from 1999. I was blogging the book and looking at the weather reports...

TBT Recipe: Tomatillo Salad Dressing

This dressing is lovely on salads, particularly if you “protein” the salad up with the suggested chunks of poultry. Or, just applied to a wedge of lettuce and topped with that ever...

Favorite Vanilla Muffins

Last week I started a project Muffin Monday. Yesterday was Presidents Day and I took Monday off. But, I still made muffins. These are the best muffins ever, according to my wife. Suzi is not a...

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