April 2018 Recipe of the Month

April 2018 Recipe of the Month Spicy Beef and Winter Squash Chili We think it is high time to make a pot of chili! We’ve added a little cinnamon and unsweetened chocolate to “mole-nize” this, and we hope you enjoy it this way–it gives the chili a richer, warm note. I highly recommend you freeze…

March 2018 Recipe of the Month

March 2018 Recipe of the Month Colcannon A traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes with cooked cabbage stirred in, my dad introduced me to this long ago, and I count it among my favorite comfort foods. The addition of bay leaf and carrot to the warm milk adds a subtly sweet and savory undertone to…

February 2018 Recipe of the Month

February 2018 Recipe of the Month Quick Braised Cabbage and Apples with Riesling The wine concept of “terroir,” the way in which the land, soil, climate etc. influences the flavor of a wine, is also useful in thinking about wine and food pairings, and what wines to use in cooking certain foods. My paternal grandmother…

January 2018 Recipe of the Month

Kale Apple Smoothie There is nothing quite like a cleansing green smoothie to get you off on the right foot for the New Year. If you have a high speed blender like a Ninja or a Vitamix, this will process silky smooth. If you don’t, pass the smoothie through a strainer for a silky texture.…

December 2017 Recipe of the Month

December 2017 Recipe of the Month Braised Butternut Squash, Carrots and Spinach with Chicken A hearty and warming braise, just right for the chilly temperatures outside. Buy a loaf of crunchy bread for soaking up the juices. Servings: 4   Ingredients 2 tablespoons Olive Oil , divided use 1 Chicken , cut in 8 pieces 1 cup Onion , diced, about…

November 2017 Recipe of the Month

November 2017 Recipe of the Month Turkey and Cranberry Chutney Wrap and Roll Platter One of my all-time favorite party dishes is the wrap and roll platter. There are endless variations of wrap sandwiches which you can make, then roll up and slice pinwheel style to make tasty finger food platters. One of my favorites…

October 2017 Recipe of the Month

October 2017 Recipe of the Month Cauliflower Gratin When you are in the mood for a good gratin, nothing beats gruyere’s depth of flavor. The cauliflower and gruyere combined have a terrific nutty flavor. Ingredients 1 head Cauliflower , cut into florets 3 tablespoons Butter , Divided 3 tablespoons Flour 2 cups Milk 1 teaspoon Salt 1/2 teaspoon Pepper 1 teaspoon Dry Mustard 1…

September 2017 Recipe of the Month

September 2017 Recipe of the Month Raw Kale and Celeriac Salad with Smoked Trout A richly satisfying salad meal, this one can be made up to a day ahead of time. Ingredients 1 Celeriac 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice 3 tablespoons Mayonnaise 3 tablespoons Sour Cream 2 tablespoon Creole Mustard , or spicy brown mustard 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar 2 tablespoons Honey 4…

August 2017 Recipe of the Month

August 2017 Recipe of the Month Ratatouille A classic dish — ratatouille — that uses an abundance of mid-late summer vegetables in a tasty stewed melange. You can eat it as is, or serve over polenta, rice, pasta. Thanks to the Pixar movie of the same name, my kids BEG me to make this dish…

July 2017 Recipe of the Month

Braised Romano Beans Broad, flat Romano Beans beg for a long slow braise the way my Italian Grandmother — “Nana Maniscalco” — used to do it. Serve this atop mascarpone corn kernel polenta for a real taste treat. Start the beans first, and while they braise you can get the polenta ready — delicious!  …