Hot Chocolate

I’m not sure why packets of hot chocolate mix contain so many ingredients, when a rich and creamy hot chocolate can be easily made at home with just three. Leave that Alpine lady up in the slopes and warm up against winter’s chill using my no-measure method. [Don’t worry, I’ve included precise measurements as well,… Continue reading Hot Chocolate

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

Tuna Salad Sandwiches

This is the unsung hero of my cookbook. Since the recipe consists entirely of pantry staples, it’s one I never really have to shop for and therefore often overlook. But I’m always delighted when I come across a long-forgotten can of tuna in the back of my cupboard because I know immediately that I can… Continue reading Tuna Salad Sandwiches

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

Roasted Carrots

When I was a kid, the only carrots I consumed were tasteless orange lumps floating in soup or stew, or worse, canned carrots mixed with peas — also devoid of taste and texture. As a result, I didn’t care much for carrots at all. But nutritionists are always urging us to eat plenty of colorful… Continue reading Roasted Carrots

Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

My mother and grandmother taught me and my siblings how to cast a fishing rod when we were very young. While some family members still enjoy the pastime, I haven’t fished in decades. But I still enjoy slouching in a beach chair with a big straw hat on a lazy summer afternoon, drinking in the… Continue reading Pan-Seared Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

Steamed Hard-Boiled Eggs

For years, I’ve been using a pretty surefire method for hard-boiling eggs in such a way that the shells don’t stick: the cold start method – submerge eggs in water, bring to a boil, let steam 10 minutes, then shock in ice water before removing shells. But I’ve just tried an even better method: the… Continue reading Steamed Hard-Boiled Eggs

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

I never liked chicken breasts. I found them far too easy to overcook, so I stuck to cooking only thighs and drumsticks. But this recipe completely changed my opinion of cooking white meat. In fact, now I buy chicken breasts just so I can make this recipe! 🙂 I’ve made this several times and these… Continue reading Parmesan-Crusted Chicken