One of my white trash pleasures is Ranch dressing. Back in the 1950’s, Steve and Gayle Hensen invented the original dressing recipe on their Hidden Valley Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. They began bottling it for their eager Ranch guests and then branched out by selling a seasoning packet ... Read More »
Recipes for quick, healthy food.
This video on how to cook and shuck fresh corn easily and cleanly (without the silks) will make you smile every time… much like the sneezing panda video five years ago. This adorably sweet man, Ken, reminds me so much of my southern-born and raised Dad. What Did You Think?... Read More »
This is a recipe I dreamed up while on a ski trip with a house full of people. Since then, I’ve made it pretty often since my husband loves it. The recipe is super versatile too — it doubles, triples or halves quite easily as long as you have a smaller or bigger pan. It’s also designed ... Read More »
Miami has its attributes but can it claim rights to the holy grail of tropical sandwiches?
Ybor City was turning out these banquets on Cuban bread before the turn of the previous century. Early bricklayers flattened their “mixto’’ sandwiches between hot bricks thus toasting bread, melting ... Read More »
The arugula in my backyard grows like a weed, which, of course, it is. But a tasty one. So I’m constantly trying to figure out ways to add it to soups, salads and, even eggs. This arugula salad recipe was inspired by Cooking Light, a go-to magazine for me for the past 15 years. I’ll make ... Read More »
I have fallen in love with a hunk. My husband would be pleased to hear this but this hunk is a wedge of cheese. Specifically the aged kind called Gouda from Holland. But before you roll your eyes and yawn over the boring personality of typical American gouda, know this… the Dutch original is ... Read More »
On Monday, the Doughboy came to Mickey Mouse’s turf in Orlando at the 45th Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest, the premier American cooking competition.
Five men and 95 women, aged 25 to 77, all amateur cooks came from cities like Brookline, MA, Beaver Dam, KY, Koloa, HI, and a few miles away in ... Read More »
I’ve always loved soup. Warming and simple, it was my favorite thing to make in culinary school. When I was a food critic, I judged chefs and restaurants on their soups since their simplicity can reveal a multitude of mistakes. To this day, I can tell when a restaurant cuts corners by purchasing ... Read More »
As I continue to be in love with the world of eating clean and using better, whole and natural ingredients in cooking, I’ve been elated to find a wealth of ideas for swapping real ingredient sugar and sweetener alternatives in place of the less-healthy staples we’re so used to, particularly in ... Read More »
I went to the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers Festival in San Francisco with one mission: to find out, once and for all, what food pairs with Zinfandel from the people who make the juice. This grapes is often low in tannins and acidity with a reputation for hefty alcohol… what would these ... Read More »
There might be some Cuban grandmothers who would cringe at my interpretation of this classic Cuban dish. But this is how I like it: I chucked the raisins (raisins with ground beef? Yuk!) and deleted the cinnamon (a spice reserved only for desserts in my household).
Picadillo is so freakin’ ... Read More »
With the football game and socializing at parties, hosts need some delicious yet simple fare to complement the suds. Grilling or barbecue is always a solid choice, but in early February, it’s not a realistic option for many parts of the nation. Beer and pizza go together as well as…well… ... Read More »