Lemon Thyme Cookies (3 of 8)

Lemon Thyme Sugar Cookies

Lately, I spend my Wednesday nights searching for cookie recipes. It’s become something of a ritual. I pull cookbooks off the shelves, pile them up on the table, or around the couch, or on the bed, and then begin flipping. There are a lot of requirements. It has to be different from the ones I…

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Peach Barbecue Sauce (4 of 7)

Peach Barbecue Sauce

The text message I got read “Come over for magazine Sunday.” I know what that means. My neighbors will have gathered at their picnic table with some coffee, various snacks, and a stack of magazines. There will be copies of the New Yorker, someone doing a NYTimes crossword, a few random issues of something like…

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Strawberry Cake (9 of 10)

Strawberry Cake

I could have also called this one “the process of recipe development.” It’s one of the most frequent questions I get; how do I come up with recipes? Well this one was a doozy and it was also a great way to explain how ideas move from my brain to my plate, which is not…

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Broiled Radishes (4 of 6)

Broiled Radishes

I’m not generally one to encourage more work when less will do. If a recipe can be simplified – fewer ingredients, one less bowl, cutting out steps – I’m for it, and have usually already done it. That also means not cooking things if they are just as enjoyable freshly washed and eaten raw. But…

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Pavlova (7 of 9)

Pavlova

Being born in the six weeks between March 15 and April 30 is a serious hazard if you’re Jewish. It means in any given year, your birthday could fall on Passover. It’s the holiday where Jews put away almost everything with grains in it and pull out the matzah, something non-Jews seem to love but…

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Buttered turnips (8 of 8)

Turnips with Poppyseeds

A few months ago we had two good friends over for dinner and they brought some produce to share. Fruit, sturdy greens, and a bag of turnips. I was stumped looking at the white and purple globes. “What do you normally do with them?,” I asked. I mean, given enough time, cream, and bacon I…

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Buffalo Chicken Dip (8 of 8)

Buffalo Chicken Dip

We were supposed to talk about something else today; a follow up with the talk of salad dressing. But things happened, life gets busy, you run out of ingredients. Or, in this case, your team gets into the Super Bowl and then you really need to step up your party offerings.

Mille Crepe (2 of 2)

Mille Crepe

There’s a great diner close to my office where Jeff and I sometimes go for breakfast if we have to drive to work and we can get ourselves out early. It’s standard diner fare for the most part but most egg dishes come with a side of pancakes which is what sets this place apart….

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Biscotti

Let’s say that you are going out of town and need to thank a friend for looking after your cat. Or perhaps you’re visiting people over the holidays and want to have a gift for your hosts. Or it could be that you want a treat for the people who are visiting you. Or maybe…

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Sugar Cookies

In the category of foods that only get made once a year we’re going to have to include Sugar Cookies. They show up at holiday parties cut into cute shapes and decorated in festive colors and often they are the last cookie to go. Sugar cookies don’t have the same overdose problem as latkes although…

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