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Small Plates

Endive Boats with Caramelized Walnuts, Blue Cheese, and Asian Pear

Endive Boats with Caramelized Walnuts, Blue Cheese, and Asian Pear

There are times when adding a salad to the menu of finger foods is a great offering when having a party. But salads are messy – partygoers need a plate and a fork and two hands, making it difficult to hold a drink, all while […]

Salty and Sweet – Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese

Salty and Sweet – Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Manchego Cheese

When I was in high school, my friend Dave and I would drive miles to 12th and Shunk, deep in the heart of South Philadelphia, just to get water ice at Italiano’s. It was the best water ice we could find. A plethora of flavors […]

Early Thanksgiving – Butternut Squash Stuffed Mushrooms

Early Thanksgiving – Butternut Squash Stuffed Mushrooms

Maybe 21 or 22 years ago, shortly after my wife and I purchased our first home and before kids, we got a free turkey; supermarkets used to give them away a few weeks before Thanksgiving when you spent a certain amount on groceries. We didn’t […]

Salad on a Stick – Greek Salad Bites

Salad on a Stick – Greek Salad Bites

As we cross the threshold from summer to fall, I am harvesting the last of my summer vegetables before cool-weather, fall crops ripen in earnest. There are a few cucumbers and tomatoes hanging on the withering vines, and I want to savor the last of […]

Figs and Feta

Figs and Feta

Labor Day weekend is upon us. You have been invited to a party, but you don’t feel like cooking. What should you prepare? Why not make it simple and interesting, something no one else will even consider? Why not bring fresh figs and feta? Late […]

A Trip to France – Cucumber Gazpacho with Lemon Yogurt

A Trip to France – Cucumber Gazpacho with Lemon Yogurt

Some dishes are traditional, with ingredients that you know from experience, work well together. Caprese salad with summer tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella comes to mind. Others are wildly exciting because flavors that should clash actually work together beautifully. I had such a dish this […]

A Trip to Italy – Grilled Bruschetta

A Trip to Italy – Grilled Bruschetta

About 10 or 11 years ago, we were lucky enough to take a family trip to Italy. Our children must have been about 6 and 8. On this particular day, we spent a long time driving to our next destination; a beautiful hotel in the […]

Shishito Pepper Roulette – Blistered Shishito Peppers

Shishito Pepper Roulette – Blistered Shishito Peppers

The best summer foods to grow in your garden are the ones that have the simplest preparations for the table. Asian shishito peppers are one of those foods. They grow easily and abundantly, and when it’s time for harvest, you pick them, sear them for […]

99% Vegan, 98% Gluten Free – Pineapple with Basil

99% Vegan, 98% Gluten Free – Pineapple with Basil

I am definitely a carnivore. I wish it wasn’t so, but alas, I do like eating meat and poultry. But I try to make several meat-free dinners a week and we have plenty of friends for whom I cook who are vegetarians. So this I […]

Modern Foraging – Seared Scallops, Sautéed Leeks, Asparagus, and Snow Pea Leaves

Modern Foraging – Seared Scallops, Sautéed Leeks, Asparagus, and Snow Pea Leaves

Foraging is the art of going out in the wild to search for items to consume; think searching for wild mushrooms. If you read food magazines, you know it has become very popular lately. You can even take classes on local foraging in a lot […]