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…

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…

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…