American

Buttermilk marble cake

Can't decide between a vanilla or chocolate cake then this is the choice for you.  I adapted the recipe slightly from The New York Time's...

strawberry cheesecake cupcakes

The "cheesecake" in the recipe is nothing more than cream cheese icing.  Rich and delicious icing that sits atop a fluffy vanilla cake containing fresh...

sweet and savory red cabbage

Ahhh red cabbage, beautiful in color and wonderful to serve with a roasted pork, lamb or chicken.  I like to serve as a side dish but you can top on...

Viennese crescent cookies

Another of my mother’s “famous” Christmas cookies.  These are melt-in-your mouth delicious because they are rather delicate.  I love the flavor of almonds with the...

Christmas tree pressed cookies

The Christmas season begins when my mother makes her “famous” Christmas cookies.  As our family has grown, her quantities have increased and she freezes the cookies as they are prepared...

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

A seasonal treat for the autumn season when pumpkin is on your mind!  My niece, who is a nutritionist, posted a picture of the dish on her Instagram and I...

Not too spicy chili with red beans

A recipe staple that works well on a cold night when something warm, hearty and flavorful is called- I love to serve as a ‘help yourself” buffet along with bowls...

Apple crisp bars

I was asked to bring a dessert to a friend’s house and she requested something with fruit.  I normally make Pavlova but given it was...

Juicy and tasty turkey burgers

Turkey burgers are a great alternative to beef burgers.  In order to add lots of flavor, the fresh scallion, basil and capers create the perfect combination. I like to serve...

salmon with fresh pesto

Fresh pesto can be delicious on a variety of different fishes but works especially well with a luscious piece of salmon fillet.  The spicy, bright flavor of pesto complements the...

Lemon parmesan baked chicken

What can make a chicken breast more interesting?  This recipe takes chicken to a new level with the sharp flavor of parmesan cheese offset by the freshness of lemon. I...

Orzo with roasted eggplant

Orzo is one of those hybrids of pasta and rice that works well with so many meals.  This recipe is great for lunch but most...

Longing for asparagus

When asparagus is in season, the long, thin and delicious vegetable makes for the perfect companion to any grilled or roasted meat or fish or served on top of a...

Oh my, lemon & basil sorbet

When lemons are ripe in California, my friends know I love using them and send me dozens straight from their gardens – my sister Joanna’s from Sonoma, my friend Bernadette’s...

heart-y grilled cheese

A combination of hot creamy tomato soup and heart-shaped grilled cheese is not only good for Valentine’s Day but anytime you want to have some...

lovey potatoes

These potatoes are a little novelty to make whenever you want to send a little love. Yes, heart-shaped sliced potatoes…you are seeing correctly. You can easily create the shape with...

perfect buttermilk pancakes

Ahh, the pancake…fluffy, scrumptiously decadent round cakes cooked in a pan and then stacked on a plate.  Pour over some maple syrup and all the flavors come alive. The New...

the best ever key lime pie

Ahhhh….key lime pie is creamy and tart and creamy and delicious, and the recipe is a real showstopper. Making the pie could not be more simple, and the cookie crust...

creamy tomato soup to love

What a delicious way to show your love.  Creamy tomato soup is surprisingly satisfying, and the heart-shaped croutons add a fun, loving way to make it more special for any occasion....

lazy (s)mashed potatoes

Who likes peeling potatoes?  I often make these potatoes when I do not want to bother to peel the skins of potatoes and want something slightly different (and lighter) than...

green beans with fennel

Green beans are my go-to vegetable – easy to cook, work with a large variety of main courses, most people enjoy them.

horseradish sauce

A complement to so many dishes, I continually use this recipe for both meat and fish dishes.  It is super simple to make and adds a kick of flavor to...

basic but beautiful rice

What more is there to say about a well-cooked bowl of rice?  Simple, pure and such a perfect companion to a variety of dishes. I have a variety of different...

turkey meatballs with pesto

I usually but spinach in meatballs but one day, I had no spinach and thought that pesto would be a good flavor to add to the mixture.  The extra benefit...

simple green salad with fennel

This salad is extremely simple and full of flavor.  The fennel is what makes it so good….well the fennel and really tossing the salad with...

simply delicious mini frittatas

Super easy and perfect for a crowd or less during brunch, breakfast or lunch, and so much lighter than quiche. Mini or cupcake size, the frittatas can be partially prepared...

let it crumble crumb coffee cake

Who doesn’t love crumb cake?  Maybe it is a little old fashioned but that’s what makes it even more wonderful and heartwarming.  The crumbly sugar,...

hot or not avocado toasts

Avocado on toast is all the rage.  It is funny how you can find it almost everywhere.  I knew the world was mad for it when we saw it on...

the classic grilled filet steak

Grilling steak may take a few tries to master but the key is not to overcook, if anything, undercook because you can always cook it more. A good meat thermometer...

bright burst meyer lemon tart

I love baking but given the chemistry in the process, I rarely change a recipe I find.  Yes, I may add or change a spice, but the measurements and types...

fabulous fish cakes

Fish cakes are delicious for a light and flavorful lunch or a starter course.  Slightly unexpected and always appreciated, it is hard to go wrong with this recipe. The only...