Brown Sugar Swiss Meringue Buttercream

Silk satin meets caramel in this luxurious buttercream.  This one’s ideal on a rich flavored layer cake — think pumpkin spice, chocolate, banana. There are a number of different frosting recipes in my repertoire, and this one is a special favorite.   What makes this a Swiss Meringue Buttercream is the technique of heating egg whites…

Corona Beans with Preserved Lemon and Rosemary

The mammoth Corona Bean is a splendid legume.  Smooth, white and impressively big dried beans cook up fat and pale beige after a soak and simmer.  I love these mighty beans as a cocktail nibble.  Perfect with a Negroni or glass of wine. I flavored mine with two garden grown items: salt-preserved meyer lemon and…

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

Hey there Reese’s fans — this is your cake!  Rich chocolate layer cake is filled and frosted with deeply peanutty, buttery, fluffy, sweet-salty frosting. I’ve retooled the size on my signature Chocolate Cake recipe, scaling it down for more intimate gatherings.  The Peanut Butter Frosting recipe makes enough for thick layers of frosting between the…

Broccoli Soup with Turmeric and Tahini

The broccoli in my market sat right next to fresh turmeric, and an idea for a delicious, creamy vegan soup sparked my imagination.   Building on a base of sautéed shallots, I tossed in the broccoli pieces, fresh turmeric slices, salt, fresh ground black pepper, and water.  After a quick simmer, I gave the soup a…

Buttermilk Waffles

While I do nearly all the cooking and baking in our home, my husband John is the Waffle Master.  He’s an engineer by training, and has dialed in the perfect waffle recipe.  I’m trained in nutrition, and am always looking for ways to make my food the most delicious and nutritious it can be.  So…

Carrots with Tarragon

Fresh tarragon is a culinary best friend — warm, interesting, and makes the food it complements shine. In particular, carrots are lofted to something great when tossed with fresh tarragon and butter.  The cooking technique in this recipe keeps the carrot’s sweetness concentrated by using just enough water to steam them without washing away their…