Hasty Woman’s Bourguignon

This wonderful beef stew was the product of me having only minutes (before running out the door teach a piano lesson) to get a stew going that my husband would actually like. His memories of stew are in the Dinty Moore category. But I promised him that I would make it yummy, and I did. The [...]


Country Fig Tart

This is the tart I make every autumn when our fig tree is bursting. The pastry is my gluten-free Hysa House Pie Dough (adapted from the Deluxe Pastry Dough from the Joy of Cooking). The base is a blend of fresh goat cheese, cottage cheese, lemon juice and zest, and almond extract, and it is [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Parmesan Chicken Where: Barefoot Contessa Family Style Who: Ina Garten The only complaint I have about this wonderful dish is the time is takes to pan-fry every piece of chicken. The method - dip in flour mixture dip in egg mixture dip in breadcrumb mixture fry - is not hard. No. It's just that the [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Roasted Winter Vegetables Where: Barefoot Contessa Family Style Who: Ina Garten This was fabulous. Nothing profound here, at all. Just humble root vegetables (carrots, parsnips, sweet potato, and butternut squash) glorified by heat and fat and salt. I had a friend over when these came out of the oven, and she was just snatching them [...]

In the Kitchen today & Hysa House Pie Dough

What: Blueberry Pie Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters This really needs no fanfare. It's its own parade. Waters calls for 6 cups of blueberries; I used frozen wild blueberries (I did not defrost them before mixing them together with the other filling ingredients). Wild blueberries are smaller in size, more "blue" in [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Asparagus and Lemon Risotto Where: The Art of Simple Food Who: Alice Waters I forgot to photograph this cozy dish when I pulled it off the stove because I was about to feed a few hungry men and there was no time for pictures! The above photo was taken the next day and the [...]

In the Kitchen today…

What: Grapefruit and Avocado Salad Where: The Art of Cooking Who: Alice Waters Lusciously fresh, tart, and creamy, this salad is simply a pleasure. And a decadence! As I was eating it, I was suddenly very aware that many people, past and present, in many countries of this world would truly hunger and thirst for a single [...]