One of a Baker's Dozen

When I was growing up, I knew I was lucky to have a mom who was, in addition to being a fine cook, a terrific baker. Cakes, cupcakes, pies, cobbles, cookies, squares, bread, biscuits - all seemed to flow effortlessly from her oven. Much later, I learned there is no such thing as effortless baking... or is there?


Rolling Along

I like vegetarian food. In fact, quite often we eat vegetarian meals without ever thinking, "This is a meatless meal."


Old-fashioned Goodness

In the late 1980's, my pianist friend Patrick was close by in the Berkshires visiting friends at Tanglewood.


Withered Pride

I very proudly walked into the India Dukaan one evening to get a few ingredients, and casually let drop that I had just made a batch of Nan Khatai, a very delicate and not-too-sweet Indian shortbread cookie.


Beautiful Broth & Fabulous Fish

I really miss the English language version of La Cucina Italiana. Does anybody else out there feel the same way? 



Hah! You thought I was talking about a presidential candidate, didn't you? Well, this once you were wrong. Today we are talking Jamaican jerk seasoning, one of my new favorite spice blends I use when grilling meats, poultry, and fish.


Southern Comfort

This is one of my favorite simple desserts. It's a traditional southern recipe that was given to me decades ago. It's not fancy, or elegant, or complicated. In fact, it's the antithesis of those things.