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!  …

June 2017 Recipe of the Month

Strawberry Rhubarb Pie June 9 is Strawberry Rhubarb Pie day — so here we give you a classic early summer delight. Ingredients For crust 3 cups all purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted…

May 2017 Recipe of the Month

Classic Potato Salad Holiday weekend is upon us, along with neighborhood potlucks, backyard barbecues, camping trips and lots of opportunities to grill a burger or brat. Here is a tasty and classic potato salad to share at your parties, and I’ll tell you a secret about potato salad — its pretty much about the dressing.…