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…

Spiced Cocktail Cherries

Luscious red cherries are a glorious fruit to pair with whiskey in house-crafted cocktails.  One of my favorites is the Manhattan, often garnished with a preserved cherry.  I wondered how I could make my own fresher version of this bar back staple, and capitalize on the beautiful sweet cherries currently in season. The Bing cherry…

Fresh Berry Butter Cake

Berries are beautiful — and make this quick, buttery cake the best.  This is a redo of one of my earlier recipes, scaled smaller optimized for berries.  I think it’s perfect for an afternoon treat. Fresh Berry  Butter Cake (makes one 8″ cake) 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 5 oz (3/4 cup) granulated sugar…

Golden Spice Chiffon Cake

The Golden Spice Chiffon Cake is the whole package:  deep, rich spice fragrance and beautiful golden color combine with feather light texture to take your taste buds on a magic carpet ride of flavor. I’ve been experimenting with light, fluffy cakes lately, primarily different sponge cake recipes.   However I gravitate to the chiffon cake*…

Tie Dye Purple Cauliflower Soup

This soup has it all!   It’s flavor-packed, nutrition forward and FUN. It’s also vegan, frugal, easy to make — and you get to play artist while you season it. The star of this soup is a beautiful lavender hued cauliflower.   Naturally occurring acid-sensitive anthocyanins give this vegetable its beautiful color and also make…

Lemony Asparagus Frittata

Lemon zest offers a bright accent to Spring asparagus:  adding lemon thyme  just makes it that much tastier. I grow a number of herbs in my garden, and one of my favorites is lemon thyme.  Lemon thyme is one of several culinary varieties of thyme, and it smells brightly of lemon and thyme.  In my…