Italian Sandwich Bread

“With bread, all sorrows are less” – Sancho Panza Just the smell of freshly baked bread can make the day brighter, don’t you agree? And there’s something remarkably therapeutic about working with bread dough. Feeling it come alive in your hands as it transforms from a sticky lump of wet flour into a smooth, elastic, living…

Planked Maple-Molasses Salmon Fillet

Necessity is the mother of invention. — old proverb The first time I made this, it really wasn’t planned. I’d been in an unfamiliar grocery store and realized they had a decent fish department. When you’re standing right in front of the case and can’t smell fish at all, that’s an excellent sign! Just a…

2018: Still Learning

I learned so much this year! I learned how to make and maintain sourdough starter, and how to bake with it. It smells divine and bakes delicious bread. After a lifetime of merely steaming asparagus, I learned different ways to cook it. Who knew it could share the plate and still be magnificent? Everyone but…

Grilled Opah with Dog Sauce

No dogs were harmed in the making of this meal!  I found this great new fishmonger called Hooked a little while back. Everything there is fresh and sustainably caught, and the people know what they’re talking about. One day, I was looking at all the choices — every last one of which was gorgeous —…

Jingle Bell Salad

This fun little side salad is great for holidays or any special occasion. It’s often found its way to my Christmas dinner table, but would be equally welcome at Thanksgiving, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, or any other time you want to have a little fun with your food for very little effort. Almost all of…

Homemade Buttermints

These tasty little after-dinner mints are great for gift-giving as well as enjoying yourself. And they’re ridiculously easy to make! I made three batches to give for the holidays, one each of red, green, and white. The recipe comes from The Spruce Eats. When I was a kid, my dad used to go on business trips several…

Mashed Turnips

The best part about being open-minded about food is that sometimes you learn to like something new. I grew up thinking I didn’t like turnips. I’m not at all sure why I’d have thought that — my mother loved them, but I don’t remember her ever serving them at home. I guess my dad must…

Spicy Sheet Pan Shrimp With Broccoli

“Do what I do. Hold tight and pretend it’s a plan!” — The Doctor For once, I actually had a plan for dinner. I’d rediscovered an old recipe for grilled shrimp, and had been looking forward to it all day. How could I forget there was a storm rolling in? Probably it wasn’t so much…