Roscon de Reyes for Epiphany

Roscon de Reyes for Epiphany

It’s been called the longest night of the year. Kids are waiting for their gifts with feverish anticipation and parents (shhhh, you didn’t hear it from me) are quietly wrapping all the presents making sure nothing on the letter to the Three Kings was...
Pisto Warms the Soul the Simple Way

Pisto Warms the Soul the Simple Way

I remember watching Ratatouille when my kids were younger. It was a favorite movie at our home because (who am I kidding) it was all about food and cooking. The dish that the little rat (those of you who haven’t seen the movie should not be alarmed) prepares for the...
Splendor in the Grass: A Growing Season in Vermont

Splendor in the Grass: A Growing Season in Vermont

I warm up my hands by wrapping them around a steaming cup of hot tea and I watch the rain through my window. It’s tapping on the leaves that still insist on attaching themselves to the branches of my backyard trees. This cold drizzle is a sign that I can now finally...
Oprah Loves Bread…Don’t we all?

Oprah Loves Bread…Don’t we all?

It isn’t the most shocking revelation to come out of Oprah’s mouth but, apparently, the girl loves her bread. No surprise there…and while I do not suggest anyone gets a “bread bed” (particularly made out of refined, white loaves) I...
Black Olive Tapenade

Black Olive Tapenade

  Tapenade is a clever creation. It is easy to make and even easier to enjoy. I used to eat it when I was younger not really knowing what it was called, but since it had olives it was one of my favorite things. It was salty and oily and such a delight to eat. In Spain...
Don’t be Afraid. It’s Only Rhubarb.

Don’t be Afraid. It’s Only Rhubarb.

In all honesty, I had never even seen a rhubarb plant before this year. Rhubarb was an abstract concept to me. An ingredient as mysterious as pixie dust that only appeared mentioned in some Beatrix Potter books (or was it The Wind in the Willows?). I did remember...
Walnut & Olive Seed Loaf

Walnut & Olive Seed Loaf

Funny how nothing beats food when it comes to rustling up some forgotten memories… It seems like a long, long time ago already, but when my kids were younger, they used to find this loaf quite entertaining to eat. While I used to refer to it as “bread”, they...
Cranberry Sauce: A Star Is Born

Cranberry Sauce: A Star Is Born

Everybody has a favorite food during the holidays. Mine is cranberry sauce. I look forward to this treat every year with much anticipation and delight. I can easily overlook the turkey or the mashed potatoes, but I never forget to have a generous amount of cranberry...
Fear & Loathing in the Hipster Kitchen

Fear & Loathing in the Hipster Kitchen

This video made me a bit angry. I did not know if I wanted to laugh or cry until he said the resulting tortilla was “as good as what you would get in Spain”. Then crying was definitely the appropriate response. If we were just deliberating the novelty of...
Chimichurri: It’s Easy Being Green

Chimichurri: It’s Easy Being Green

Any time of the year that you can get your hands on a gorgeous bunch of green parsley, you can transform it into a deeply satisfying sauce that can be used on pretty much anything. A few cloves of garlic later and a healthy dose of extra virgin olive oil, you have...