Cornmeal Crust

I first presented this crust way back in July, offering it as the topping for a Cuban meat loaf, that Picadillo Loaf you see in the picture above. It's fall now and time for heartier and warmer foods. You can use this recipe simply to make a lovely cornbread. But I...
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Braised Carrots with Lemon, Cilantro, and Chili from Simple Nature by Alain Ducasse

In his most enlightening new book, Simple Nature, Alain Ducasse offers Ten Principles for great cuisine. Among those are: Cook and Eat Seasonally and Eat More Vegetables and Less Meat. This is not a vegetarian cookbook but the role of vegetables and fruits dominates....
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Cookbook Review: Bowls of Goodness by Nina OIsson

Nina Olsson is a world-recognized food blogger. She’s a leader in a very prominent food wave: vegetarian/vegan/gluten‑free. In this just-published cookbook, she presents her crafted culinary approach with recipes from around the world. These are comfort food recipes,...
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Deep-Dish Blackberry Pie with Blackberry Sauce from Edna Lewis

Blackberries. I am always fascinated by the complex shape and colors of these berries. And that distinct, intense flavor. I see a blackberry and I think “pie.” And, if you want great pie, then the American South is the place to find a recipe. Edna Lewis was the master...
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Suzi’s Blog

Chive Cakes from The Slanted Door

Do you do Dim Sum Chinese restaurants? I’ve made the shift myself. Why not? I found I was eating so many “appetizers” at my local Chinese spots, that I had no appetite left for the “main courses.”...

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Picadillo Loaf in a Cornmeal Crust

I recently reviewed a lovely book called Fifty-Two Meat Loaves. It’s a book from  way back in 1993 but, hey, comfort food never dies. It just gets better and better over the decades. Here is our...

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Tomatillo, Cilantro, and Avocado Salsa

I did a TBT cookbook review of Nueva Salsa, a little book of perfected salsa recipes. Here’s an example using one common trio: tomatillo, cilantro, and avocado. In this version, tomatillos are...

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