Sometimes things just don’t go right in the kitchen. Last week, it was as if a bomb exploded in my oven. As smoke rose and the aroma of burnt blueberry bread swirled about the kitchen, I watched a disaster form in my new oven.
Last night I taught an enthusiastic group of men and women a hefty agenda. In each corner of the host’s center island I had a work station for each of our menu items — curry chicken meatballs, dumplings, lettuce wraps and salmon cakes. For two hours, I flittered from station to station guiding a whirlwind evening of cooking and eating. I think it was a successful evening as people left full and satisfied.
When I get a new ingredient to bake with, I’m always eager to call my friend Suzy to help me create new recipes. She’s the ideal friend to test and taste since she’s always honest and will tell me what she really thinks. Yesterday, still soaring with excitement after my successful dinner incorporating Zereshk (barberries), I couldn’t wait to use these tart zingers for something sweet. I’d been kind of obsessed with the idea since Monday.
These two bite Gefilte fish appetizers are the perfect way to serve this classic food at your Passover dinner. Served with a tangy horseradish sauce, you might not even have any leftovers!
I scored a first edition 1950 copy of a Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook at an estate sale last Friday and I am having a hard time containing my excitement. I think this beautiful red binder is going to alter my life in some way (not sure yet how) and that’s why I love estate sales so much. You never know what you’ll find and how your life will be affected by someone else who lived before you.
These fresh salmon cakes served with Chipotle Lime mayonnaise are packed with spices, peppers and scallions which give them plenty of zing. Trust me, they will hit just the spot. Plus they freeze exceptionally well and can be pulled out for individual meals throughout the busy work days. Make them dinner sized or two bite sized and serve as a party appetizer.
A layer of buttered pecans, Dulce de Leche and dark chocolate set in heart shape molds are topped with just a hint of sea salt for a sophisticated take on the classic chocolate caramel turtle.
This decadent dark chocolate bark is loaded with barberries and pistachios. You don’t need to feel guilty breaking a piece since it’s actually quite healthy. Barberries are rich in Vitamin C and are an immune boosting food. Pistachios are loaded with fiber, healthy fat and protein.