Author Archives: susan

Roasted Shallots

When on holiday I always like to come home with something reminiscent of my trip: an artifact, a sculpture, some pottery, a blanket. Something. This time I came home with the idea to reproduce these delicious roasted shallots. That's something. Not exactly worthy of a place on the mantel, but definitely worthy of a place at the table.
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Sweet and Spicy Chicken Drum Sticks

At some point it's time to gather all those Post-It's stuck to the inside of cupboards, the hand written notes jammed hastily into drawers, the binders exploding with recipes past, organize and begin sharing the best of them.
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Summer Tomato Sauce

Sitting here in my hot kitchen, (day seven of a broken air conditioner), it's hard to envision actually cooking something and heating up the room ... making it even more uncomfortable!
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Veggie Cheese Bowl

My father-in-law used to make two dishes especially for me whenever I came to visit. I'm sure he also made them for others in the family, but he always made a point of having them ready and available when I arrived.
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Swimming Upstream

If ever I have the chance to eat whole grilled fish, I do - every Mediterranean restaurant I eat at - but at home I often go another route: oven roasting.
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Chocolate Matzah Crunch

Why do we seem to crave chocolate at this time of year? Not sure, but it seems that we do. Maybe it's the notion that chocolate can make almost anything taste better ... especially bland matzah?!
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Beef Short Ribs

I usually make Short Ribs in a dutch oven, but there's something very liberating about preparing a dish and then allowing everything to cook while you tend to other things.
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Spinach-Egg Patties

Sitting at the airport waiting for an early morning flight, I was so thankful to have a few of these spinach-egg patties in my bag ...
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Roasted Green Beans

Between the green beans, shallot, garlic and olive oil a caramelization occurs, which turns this dish candy-like.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

We started by roasting the vegetables to get a deeper, more intense flavor - and as a way to entice a two year old to participate. She thought it was great fun, and the resulting soup was hearty and delicious!