Buttermilk pancakes

These pancakes are a Sunday morning ritual in our house. [more]

Gingerbread Cookies (For Cutouts or Houses)

This, to me, is the quintessential sign of the holiday season. Nothing says the holidays are upon us as the wafting fragrance of gingerbread spices throughout the house. This makes about 24, 5” … [more]

Pasta with garlic, olive oil and broccoli

If you read any of my recipes, you know that I am all about comfort food and simple, easy dishes. This is just about as simple and tasty as they come. They key to this dish is using an excellent … [more]

Chicken meatballs

This recipe is my attempt to replicate the yummy chicken meatballs I’ve had at several japanese restaurants. While I don’t think I’ve wholly succeeded, these seem to be a crowd … [more]

Tomato Sauce with Pasta

This is my go to comfort meal when tomatoes are in season. Frequently I will pick up bruised tomatoes on the cheap from the farmers at the market. I keep trying to make extra to store in the freezer … [more]


I much prefer this easy dish to the store bought box of mac-n-cheese (organic or not.) And so do my kids. Since there is always grated parmesan or a hunk of hard cheese in my fridge (I also like this … [more]

French Vanilla Ice Cream

Here’s to Bosio and Jacob Fussel! These two gentlemen have done a lot for the cause of ice cream in America. An Italian, Bosio, opened the first ice cream parlor in Philadelphia in 1800. Jacob … [more]

great grub....my recent saviour!

hi there…..well, i’ve finally found the time to contribute to this amazing site after being tirned onto it earlier this year. as the primary cook in the family, lately i had been unspired … [more]

Rice crispy treats

Who doesn’t love these? They are so easy and quick to make; a fun joint venture with the kids. What a yummy snack for everyone. [more]

Orange juice for Audrey

One morning I woke up very early with my 2-year old sister Audrey. My mama and papa were still asleep. She was hungry so I thought it would be a good idea to make her something until my mama and papa … [more]

Chloe's lemonade

I love lemonade. My sister loves lemonade. Especially on a hot day. So I decided to try and make it one day. It turned out pretty good. [more]

Fish Sandwich

Last night we had Crispy pan fried red snapper and this afternoon my kids pulled the leftover fish out of the fridge and started preparing their own lunch. This recipe is for them. [more]

Strawberries & whipped cream

Sweet and delicious strawberries are in full season in garden and here is a the simplest of desserts for a warm summer evening. When I was a child we would take turns whisking the cream. The … [more]

Rack of lamb with sweet potato

Standing at the checkout of a supermarket in London with a full trolley, I asked one of my daughters what she wanted for dinner. “Well, daddy, can we start with some roasted asparagus followed … [more]

Grilled cheese and tomato soup

There is nothing more comforting than a bowl of warm tomato soup and a finger of a good grilled cheese to dunk in it. This is a homemade classic menu the whole family will fall in love with. Prep … [more]

Easy Dinner with Kids

This is more than a recipe: THIS IS A MENU . Most nights in my kitchen, I make meals that are quick! Under 30 minutes or I don’t do it, especially on week nights. Life is too busy with 3 young … [more]

Pluot Coffee Cake

A pluot is a cross between a plum and an apricot…It has a cranberry-blackberry-ish color…with a sweet, slightly tart taste. This recipe is a variation on Nick Malgieri’s Apricot … [more]

Porky pasta

My daughter eats everything. To keep her on her toes, I am trying out new dishes every chance I get. Thing is, I don’t have a lot of time. I just put together a pasta sauce with stuff we had in … [more]

The perfect hamburger

For years I searched for the perfect hamburger. I tried every filler and spice known to man, but time and time again the results were lackluster at best. Then like so many good things, the answer … [more]

Fresh mint ice cream

Now I am no wuss, but on an occasion in 2001 when I was lucky enough to eat at Le Gavroche in London I wept into my food. Twice, actually. The first tears fell into my steamed scallops, the second … [more]

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