Pita Bread Made Three ways- Grilled, Baked or on the Stove Top.

I love making Pita Bread fresh. I can’t decide if I like it better made in my cast iron pan on the stove top, or my pizza stone baked in the oven, or… my outdoor grill; which gives significant additional flavor. You decide. Regardless how you make it — the key to making really good… Continue reading Pita Bread Made Three ways- Grilled, Baked or on the Stove Top.

Soft HomeMade Pretzels

  Ingredients:  1 cup warm water (105°F) 1 (1/4-ounce) packet active dry yeast or 2 1/4 teaspoons Vegetable oil 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour 1 Tablespoon organic cane sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus Maldon or Kosher for garnish 6 -8 cups water 1/8 cup baking soda   Method:  With the vegetable oil, lightly grease a… Continue reading Soft HomeMade Pretzels

Pommes de Terre Gratinées ~”Potatoes with Cheese”~

  A Gratin is a culinary technique in which a casserole recipe is topped with a browned crust, from breadcrumbs, grated cheese, sometimes eggs and or butter. Gratin originated in French cuisine, and is usually prepared in a shallow cooking vessel. The flavors are rich and delicious. Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, plus additional for preparing… Continue reading Pommes de Terre Gratinées ~”Potatoes with Cheese”~

The Brussel Sprout Files!

Below is a formula sure to make your Brussel sprouts are a success no matter what flavor profile you’re after. Sweet, salty, or tangy! Brussel sprouts are aggressive in flavor. You either love them or hate them. So many ways to cook them too– from baked chips to chopped salads. At my home we love our… Continue reading The Brussel Sprout Files!

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing I’ve Ever Made! 

Grand Mariner Apricot and Sausage Stuffing.  This recipe is adapted from The Silver Palate Cookbook. One of the first cookbooks I ever purchased. Co-Authors, Sheila Lukins and Julee Rosso Miller were hot on the gourmet carry-out scene in 1980’s. From that birthed, The Silver Palate Cookbook in 1982. An instant success ! This book helped cement… Continue reading The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing I’ve Ever Made! 

Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Fried Sage and a Chestnut Cream. Oh yeah! 

‘Tis the season! Old world Gnocchi made from sweet potatoes, paired with the crunchness of fried chestnut and sage. Delicious. I’ve also bumped up the flavor profile by serving it in a pool of brown butter chestnut cream sauce made with wholesome nut milk — this recipe is heartwarming belly satisfying!  A bit of work,… Continue reading Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Fried Sage and a Chestnut Cream. Oh yeah!