If there was ever a good reason for me to make three dozen not-so-little gougères for only two people, it’s this:  I wanted to conquer a 15-year old fear. When I first saw a friend make cheese puffs years ago, I was told that I had to make sure to stir the water/butter/flour mixture […]

Easy Roast Chicken

Why am I so gullible when it comes to roast chicken recipes?  If it claims to be perfect, I believe the promise.  It seems the recipes I select don’t even vary too much at all–the herbs and spices may change a bit–but yes, I always end up thinking I’ve made the perfect roast chicken…until the […]

Zuni Café Caesar Salad…Almost

I’ve been using my own recipe for Caesar salad for years and haven’t thought much about changing things up at all.  However, a recent visit to San Francisco’s Zuni Cafe had me changing my tune.  I was in the city for a day of shopping with a couple of visiting friends–old and new–and we took […]

Weekday Fried Rice

Long days at work really hamper my desire to prepare elaborate meals.  On days like these, all I want is to go home and have dinner on the table in less than half an hour.  A one-pot meal, even better.  Fortunately, I’ve learned to stock up my pantry/fridge with items that are easy to prepare. […]

Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Amaretti Torte

If you’ve been reading food blogs for at least a couple of years, this recipe would be nothing new to you.  Dorie Greenspan’s book, Baking:  From My Home to Yours has earned quite a following, especially when Tuesdays with Dorie set out to bake each recipe in the book in 2008.  Of course, I’m late […]

Tomato and Eggplant Gratin

  Roasted eggplants and roasted tomatoes both appear regularly at our dinner table, but I’ve never tried preparing them together.  The funny thing is, I actually use the same base ingredients to marinate them–olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs, garlic–but it never occurred to me to combine the two.  This is what makes cookbooks so fun […]

Greek Salad

Well Mother Nature was apparently just teasing us about the arrival of spring.  The few sunny days we’ve lately enjoyed have been bullied away by the persistent cold and rain.  While the rainfall this season has provided great relief from the previously dry winters, I’ve also missed my friend, the Sun.  I think this is […]

Chicken Noodle Soup

A simple, hearty bowl of chicken soup was the order of the day after a flu virus attacked my unfortunate husband this weekend.  He’s better now, thankfully, and the soup gets all the credit for helping to banish the nasty virus.  Magic Soup, it’s called at Recipezaar, and so it is. The original recipe calls […]