In The Kitchen

Warm Up With Minestrone Soup

In the Kitchen: Coconut Lemongrass Soup

This is an outrageously easy soup as long as you don’t mind hunting down the one somewhat exotic ingredient, lemongrass. But one can even forego, and use extra lemons and not suffer consequences. The saffron gives this soup a vibrant jolt and the coconut milk a luxurious mouth feel.

01/11/2015

MEXICO-GASTRONOMY-MAYA

In the Kitchen: Signature Brownies

For even a non-baker, these are easy and fantabulous. They may become YOUR Signature Dish….perfect for kicking back on New Year’s day. Have fun with these; feel free to make them your own.

01/04/2015

The Finest Fruit and Vegetables On Display At The RHS Harvest Festival Show

In the Kitchen: Cauliflower Cheese Pie with Potato Crust

Even if you don’t, this is interesting and delicious: rich, satisfying and relatively easy–as long as you have a grater.

12/28/2014

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In the Kitchen: Cauliflower à la Polonaise

This side dish is as easy as it is memorable. The trick is sautéed bread crumbs in butter. The vegetables are blanched in salted boiling water until fork tender. The drained vegetables are mixed with warm toasted bread crumbs. Parmesan is added at the end, off heat.

12/21/2014

Hosting Cooking

In the Kitchen: Lightning Bolt Apple Cake

If you are asked to supply a dessert for a holiday party, try this amazing take on a traditional fall classic, the apple cake. Have fun with this; make it your own. Don’t like apples? Try pears; sub walnuts or almonds for the pecans. Endless variations. Not too much stress. Rave reviews.

12/14/2014

Valentine's Day Date Ideas - Cooking Class

In the Kitchen: New Orleans Brunch Beignet

This is an incredible showy treat for brunch or a trim the tree party.

12/07/2014

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In the Kitchen: Italian Wedding Soup

This soup is perfect for the weekend after Thanksgiving: light, clean, soothing. Have fun with this; vary it as you see fit, i.e., add par cooked pasta–orzo is good–other vegetables such as carrots or tomatoes, even croutons. Make this your own. Make a lot (12 cups of broth) or a little (8 cups or ½ gallon), it’s all good.

11/30/2014

The Best Things About Thanksgiving

In the Kitchen: Recipes Using Thanksgiving Leftovers

We have not one, not two, but THREE recipes to choose from using leftovers from Thanksgiving.

11/28/2014

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In the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Oyster Pudding

Everyone in America seems to have one item that must be on the Thanksgiving table when they sit to give thanks. For many it is a particular stuffing with crabmeat, chestnuts, or a distinctive herb like marjoram or sage. For others it is pumpkin, cranberry or pecan pie. For some it is burritos. We are a nation of divergent tastes and traditions.

11/23/2014

Coconut Cream Pie

In the Kitchen: Stephenson’s Coconut Custard Pie

Stephenson’s was a long since closed SE Washington institution. The bakery made a number of items people would stand in line for after church on Sundays.

11/16/2014

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