Latest Recipes


Spicy Mexican Corn and Potato Salad

The first of the local corn showed up at the Farmer’s Market last week.  The perfect opportunity to make this recipe, inspired by Esquites, or Mexican street corn.  Adding spicy roasted potatoes to the corn makes it a very hearty salad, perfect as an accompaniment to grilled meats and chicken.  […]


Grilled Shishito Peppers

Shishito peppers, olive oil, salt – that’s it folks!  Yes, you can do other fancy things with this wrinkly, thin skinned Japanese pepper, but why would you?  Toss them in a little olive oil, sprinkle with kosher salt and grill over high heat in a grill pan until they blister, […]

Cookies and Bars

Snickerdoodle Shortbread Cookie

This recipe from FOOD52, combines two of my favorite things – Snickerdoodle cookies and Shortbread – buttery, crumbly shortbread with a spicy cinnamon-sugar crust.   Everyone has sprinkled sugar and cinnamon on leftover pie crust scraps – remember that buttery, spicy aroma as they baked?  That is exactly what my daughter […]

Cookies and Bars


Fasten your seat belts, return your tray tables to the full upright position – ready for take-off!  We are going to Belgium and you are all invited.  NO MASKS REQUIRED. Not all airline food sucks!  Many years ago, when we flew Delta airlines exclusively to Europe, we were introduced to […]

Other Desserts

Slow Roasted Strawberries

The best strawberries I have ever eaten are local Washington state strawberries!  Sweet, juicy, red through and through and indescribably delicious!  I have to say, I think they rival the strawberries of Italy.  Really, they are that good.! Of course, the best way to eat them is fresh – think […]



Shakshuka (pronounced “shack-shoe-kuh”) is a classic North African and Middle Eastern dish and one that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Made from everyday ingredients, Shakshuka literally means “a mixture” and the traditional version uses tomatoes, onions, peppers and spices with eggs poached right in the sauce. Although the […]

Other Desserts

Roasted Strawberry and Rhubarb Compote

Strawberries and rhubarb – a classic combination.  The sweetness of the strawberries balances out the tartness of the rhubarb perfectly.  There are so many ways to enjoy this compote – serve it over cake, pancakes, yogurt, or ice cream.  It is particularly delicious and complementary to the Crostata di Ricotta. […]

Cakes and Cheesecakes

Crostata di Ricotta

Crostata Di Ricotta is an Italian tart with a slightly sweet bottom crust (Pasta Frolla) and lattice top and a creamy, ricotta and mascarpone filling.   It is often made simply with vanilla or citrus flavors, but the Sicilian version often includes one or more additional ingredients such as candied orange […]