Lemon Poppy Seed Snack Cake

My daughter left her apartment in NYC and came back to California due to the Covid-19 shut down — I’m grateful that she is safe and with me for the moment!  One of the things she misses from her life on the east coast is a lemon poppy seed muffin made by a cafe next…

Yogurt Cheese

What’s a flavor cross between yogurt, chèvre and cream cheese — equally happy with savory or sweet flavors layered on top? Yogurt Cheese, of course! I recently created this simple cheese and was delighted with the results. What inspired this was a quart of amazingly lovely local Jersey yogurt left over from a big brunch….

Cocoa Cherry Smoothie

What if your smoothie tasted so good that you’d gladly enjoy one for dessert . . . but it was actually loaded with superfood?  Well, wonder no more!  This smoothie is tastier than a slice of 1970s era Black Forest Cake, but will power you up with the goodness of cherries, cocoa, and chia.  I…

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…

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…