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. Corona Beans with Preserved Lemon and Rosemary Corona Beans, dry single dry…

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…

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…

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…

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*…