Saint David’s Day

Most Americans go nuts for Saint Patrick’s Day.  I do not.  I’m not Irish.  I’m not Catholic.  And I don’t need an excuse to drink.  The only way I really acknowledge Saint Patrick’s Day is by wearing orange and forcing my husband and child to do the same.  But this post isn’t about Saint Patrick’s…

Spicy Maple Compound Butter

I LOVE cornbread.  If I ate as much of it as I’d like, I’d resemble Jaba the Hut.  My husband, on the other hand, is indifferent (what’s wrong with him?!).  But when I serve it with this sweet, slightly spicy butter mixture, he goes crazy for it.  The combination is so decadent, you could have…

Meyer Lemon Dressing

This is a light, refreshing dressing that is perfect for spring.  It hardly has any ingredients and pairs nicely with dark greens such as spinach or baby kale.  Add a little freshly grated or shaved Parmesan cheese to the greens for a lovely salty addition.   1/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice 1/3 cup…

Meyer Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Blueberry and lemon is a classic combination, as is blueberry and orange.  A Meyer lemon, which is a hybrid of a lemon and mandarin orange, combines the flavors of the two citrus fruits.  Naturally, it pairs beautifully with berries. While plain old blueberry pancakes have always been a personal favorite, I’ve found that adding this citrus…

Triple Citrus Whiskey Sour

A good whiskey sour happens to be one of my favorite cocktails.  It calls up wonderful memories of visiting New Orleans with my mum for a family wedding, and time spent in a little cottage which no longer stands in Stone Harbor, New Jersey.  I’m sure that there are plenty of fine mixes out there,…

Potato Leek Soup

This is my mum’s recipe—she makes the best potato leek soup, at least in my opinion.  It’s flavorful and so easy to prepare.  If you are unfamiliar with the vegetable, a leek is part of the onion family, has a mild flavor, and kind of looks like a giant scallion.  Unlike scallions, you do not want…

Maple-Mustard Pork Tenderloin Draped in Bacon

One of my favorite recipes for salmon calls for a glaze consisting of maple syrup, whole grain mustard, minced garlic, and lemon juice.  It may sound weird to use maple syrup on fish, but it’s really freaking good.  Over the holidays, while conversing with my mom about this particular recipe, it occurred to me that…

Burgundy Mushroom Flatbread with Roasted Garlic Aioli

There are many flavor layers to this flatbread: mushrooms braised in Burgundy wine, sweet caramelized onions, a combination of three cheeses, and a decadent aioli featuring roasted garlic.  The idea for this creation came to me after my husband enjoyed the “Holy Shiitake” pizza at Mellow Mushroom.  If you haven’t had it, it’s a yummy…

Spiced Tea Toddy

A traditional Hot Toddy is a combination of bourbon, honey, and lemon juice topped with boiling hot water.  It is a classic winter warmer and often used as a soothing treatment for head colds.  This is my rif on the traditional, swapping orange or clementine juice for the lemon, and cinnamon flavored tea for the…

Roasted Garlic

Roasted garlic is incredible.  The roasting process enhances the natural sugars while mellowing out the pungency.  It is divine smeared on a piece of crusty bread, puréed into salad dressings, or blended into pasta sauces.  There are so many different ways to use it.  Considering how easy it’s to make, you’d being doing yourself a…