how to cut a mango

mango coconut macadamia conserve

So, did I mention I’m going to France? I’ll be visiting Kate at Camont where I hope to putter in her beautiful gardens and go brocante-ing with her sister Stephanie (check out her Etsy shop of fabulous vintage French household goods). I’m going to  scritch Bacon the big dog and soak up Kate’s Gascony. It’s paradise. When Elaine joins us next week, we’ll be heading to Basque country, south and towards the sea. Still France, almost Spain, a land all its own. (Elaine is continuing work on her project This Little Piggy. I’m tagging along.) We’ll be on the seashore. The eastern shore of the Atlantic. I’ll wave! (You can follow my adventures on Instagram. I don’t know how much social media you can expect when I’m […]

Tamari Almonds

tamari almonds and a party from the pantry

We’re very popular these days and it’s all about a little gray dog. Everyone wants to come hang out with Morty. Whenever anyone comes to visit I like to create a little nibble using something from the pantry. Saveur grabbed my attention with their Spring Cocktail Party and I realized I could make three of the recipes by buying only a bunch of scallions. I call that a win. I highly recommend Batter-Fried Scallions. They’re fabulous, easy, and very snackable. I might want a nice garlicky, anchovy laced aioli the next time. Fondi di Carciofi (Bacon-Wrapped Artichokes) were tasty. A little frustrating to fry, but tasty. I had my own canned artichokes and wrapped them in three kinds of cured meat: pancetta, smoked duck breast, and lamb ventreche. I think […]

Biscoff Crumbs 2

biscoff cannoli tart

Two things arrived in the mail this week. The nice people at Lotus Bakery sent me their Biscoff cookies with the understanding that I would post a recipe on their site. I confess. I have a soft spot for Biscoff cookies, also called Speculoos. The whisper of cinnamon and shortbread crumb just send me. I made a delicious tart recipe using these cookies awhile back and posted it on Food52. It was scrumptious, and at first I thought I might just make it again and post it on the Lotus site. And then my dairy godmother handed over another package of ricotta. For weeks, I have been fantasizing about two specific treats. Ricotta pie and cannoli. I know there must be someplace in DC to […]


ricotta & spinach stuffed shells and my dairy godmother

I’ve been making cheese for just a few years now, mostly playing with cheese that works with pasteurized, non-homogenized milk. This is the type we find in glass bottles at Whole Foods,  or from our local dairy, South Mountain Creamery. South Mountain delivers milk (as well as meat, eggs and cheese) and is a terrific choice for many households. Because I like to make fresh cheese, I convert South Mountain’s whole, cream top and even skim milk into cheeses, and make a lot of the butter we consume from their cream. But I’m getting spoiled. I’ve got a dairy godmother — I can’t reveal her identity because of ludicrous raw milk laws, DG occasionally leaves me a gift of dairy products from her lovely, well […]


oatmeal cookies with blond chocolate

There was a time when every town had a little shop filled with kitchen goods. Now, replacing or buying kitchen tools often means a trip to the hardware store or a big box store. Or you can go to the other major retailers, but still, that’s where you get a new spatula.  If you want inspiration and ideas and a chance to be exposed to the very best kitchen accoutrements, you need a special kind of shop, where the owner knows cooking and food and cookbooks. Where there is an entire wall of shiny copper cookware. Sadly, those independent stores are starting to disappear. Do you have an independently owned kitchenware shop in your town? I feel so fortunate to be a hop, skip and a […]

napa cabbage

get your veggies. spring rolls

Anyone else tired of winter vegetables? I can’t look at another cauliflower and even my beloved brussels sprouts are getting the side eye. I miss my farmers’ foods. It must be March. Spring rolls to the rescue. Yesterday, late afternoon at my not-fancy neighborhood grocery store, everything looked limp. The chard was sad, the kale was picked over. Big bunched broccoli was piled high, as was its cousin cauliflower. Fresh but I see I am not alone in the over-cruciferication of my dinner table. Looking around, no one else had broccoli or cauliflower in their cart. I would have been happy with some bok choy but it was nowhere to be found. Of all the offerings, really, only the Napa cabbage looked appealing. Napa often […]