Category Archives: Cooking Books

Mashed Potato with a Mixed Vegetable Topping

I mentioned in my last post about Trina Hahnamann’s beautiful new book The Nordic Diet, that I’d used the book to make a mother’s day dinner for my mom and my Nana. I’m going to get back to the book … Continue reading

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Chicken with Baked Rhubarb

It’s no secret that I’ve been a bit obsessed with Scandinavian cooking in general, and Norwegian cooking in particular since marrying my very own Viking-descendent. Given the interest these days in returning to whole foods and the traditional cuisines of … Continue reading

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Fast and Easy Spanish Shrimp with Chorizo

So, my last post was a review of the Woman’s Day Every Day Cookbook in which I gave you my new favorite vegetarian dish. I told you about the set-up of the book, organized around the months, and then further … Continue reading

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Roasted Spaghetti Squash, Tomatoes & Zucchini

Let’s talk cookbooks today, shall we? I’ll admit upfront that cooking for me is a hobby, and not as much a daily obligation. I know I’m something of an anomaly in that way, because if I don’t feel like cooking … Continue reading

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Apple Almond Tart For Jim

I have a thing for the original American foodies, that group centered around people like James Beard, Julia Child, Craig Claiborne, Waverly Root, and too-often forgotten contributors like Paula Peck and Simone Beck, or Simca (although Simca was, of course, … Continue reading

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Cornmeal Honey Bread

I think in some ways, you fall into one of two camps. Either you make bread and you love it, or you want to make bread but are afraid. (Okay, there’s another camp of course of people who never even … Continue reading

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Broccoli Rabe and Chorizo

Do you know about Canal House Cooking yet? I feel like you must, but if not, it’s a venture between Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton. Both women come out of Saveur Magazine (my all-time favorite food mag, and the only … Continue reading

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Cranberry Lemon Scones

Two weeks ago, right at the very end of cherry blossom season, R and I went to DC to visit friends (and to get some work done at the National Gallery. I really enjoyed both of these shows, by the … Continue reading

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Norwegian Apple Pie

The first time I made this, R and I were having a Norwegian Apple Cake competition in our kitchen. There were two teams, Team A and Team R and we were both trying to approximate his mother’s Norwegian Apple Cake. … Continue reading

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Black Bean and Rice Salad with (another) Citrus Vinaigrette

How about one more grain salad, real quick. Because lunch. On the one hand, who doesn’t look forward to lunch? On the other, who doesn’t dread trying to figure out what to bring/make/do. I get bored with lunch before any … Continue reading

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Wheat Berry Citrus Salad

So there’s been a little laps in posts lately because, I’m perhaps a bit overly sad to say, my trusty computer has processed its last photo, surfed it’s last site, posted its last post. My poor little mac, with the … Continue reading

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Chocolate Banana Nut Cake

I’ve come to something of a sad realization. It seems that I just don’t particularly like the banana/chocolate combination. This is the third time I’ve tried it, so I’ve given it a go, but I’d just rather have each on … Continue reading

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Farçon, French Glazed Mashed Potatoes and Onion

Okay, I am not going to complain today. Not about the winter weather (stupid winter weather, oops), not about the crap-o-la photo I got of this really lovely dish, and not about the fact that it’s Monday. Instead, flowers. I’m … Continue reading

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Orange, Olive and Fennel Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

I have a very efficient running stride. That’s a nice, and overly complimentary way, of saying I barely lift my feet off the ground. So if I stop paying attention for even a moment, I tend to go sprawling. I … Continue reading

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Gâteau Breton with Raspberry Jam

In his authoritative book The Food of France, Waverly Root begins the chapter on Brittany thus: “In the Middle Ages, there were to principal ways of acquiring new territories – conquest or marriage. France acquired Brittany by a combination of … Continue reading

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