Herbed Meat Kebabs from Balaboosta

Herbed Meat Kebabs from Balaboosta

Yesterday I posted a recipe for tzatziki, that cucumber and sour cream side that mates blissfully with protein. Here’s a matching Middle Eastern treat: meat kebabs filled with both meat and spices. The meat flavor is not lost amidst all these ingredients, but...
Mint Syrup from Payard Desserts

Mint Syrup from Payard Desserts

  This is how the conversation went. We were standing in our garden ten years ago holding a couple of small mint plants in their little plastic containers. Fresh from the green house. “Will these survive?” Suzen asked. It had been a hard winter....
Creme de Menthe Buttercream

Creme de Menthe Buttercream

It’s now, at long last, June and our herbs have survived a winter of deep snows and deeper cold. Our mint beckons. How to use it? Frosting, of course. Here the mint flavor comes, not primarily from our garden, but from liquor and extract. But your spring mint...
Steamed Mussels with Cream, Saffron and Mint from James Peterson

Steamed Mussels with Cream, Saffron and Mint from James Peterson

“It looks beautiful,” I said to Suzen. “The smell is great.” “Try one,” she dared me. I passed. Allergies. My next mussel is her next inheritance. It was Valentine’s Day and Suzen’s feast for class — Bubbles and Bites — was this marvelously rich and beautiful dish...