Spiced Banana Bread

My family likes bananas, but no matter how small a bunch we buy, we can never seem to get to the last one before it goes brown. One overripe banana is just perfect for tossing into a smoothie. But on the rare occasions when several have been neglected, I make banana bread. My recipe is… Continue reading Spiced Banana Bread

Spinach Tomato Pasta with Chicken

When I think of pasta, my mind usually goes to spaghetti and meatballs or cheesy lasagna. But sometimes when I’m craving comfort food and don’t want to end up in a carb coma, I go for something like this.  Still comforting but not quite as heavy and sleep-inducing. It’s a good way to use up… Continue reading Spinach Tomato Pasta with Chicken

Pork and Cabbage Stir-Fry

I’m crazy for just about any kind of Asian food: Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese — I will call for takeout in a New York minute.   Sometimes, though, I like to take a crack at making my own versions.  Bottled stir-fry sauces are now available in many supermarkets but I enjoy experimenting in my own kitchen, seasoning… Continue reading Pork and Cabbage Stir-Fry

Sweet Potato Crumble

When is a vegetable not a vegetable?  When it’s dessert! My family has a long history with sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving.  In fact, I’ve never known a Thanksgiving at home without both sweet potato pie and “candied sweets”: thinly sliced sweet potatoes baked with cinnamon and brown sugar, swimming in butter. I learned the basic… Continue reading Sweet Potato Crumble

Baked Apples

Please resist the urge to use an apple corer to prepare this dish. Too much of the apple is discarded that way, and trust me, you’ll want to keep as much as you can. Warm, sweet, and spiced – this comfort food is the epitome of a fall treat. On chilly autumn days, I enjoy… Continue reading Baked Apples